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1.                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                    November 1, 2012

Good Morning!
“Study to show thyself approved unto God.”

IMPORTANCE OF STUDING THE BIBLE:
Joshua 1: 8. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

One thing I have noticed in studying the Word of God, and that is, when a man is filled with the Spirit he deals largely with the Word of God; whereas, the man who is filled with his own ideas refers rarely to the Word of God. He gets along without it, and you seldom see it mentioned in his discourses. A great many use it only as a text-book.

But when a man is filled with the Word, as Stephen was, he can not help speaking Scripture. You will find that Moses was constantly repeating the commandments. You will find, too, that Joshua, when he came across the Jordan with his people, stood with them while the law of the Lord was read to them; and you will find all through Scripture the men of God dealing much with His Word. Why, you will find Christ constantly referring to them, and saying: “Thus saith the Scriptures.”

The Lord didn’t tell Joshua how to use the sword, but He told him how he should meditate on the Word day and night, and then he would have good success.”  When we find a man meditating on the words of God, my friends, that man is full of boldness and is successful. And the reason why we have so little success in our teaching is because we know so little of the Word of God. You must know it and have it in your heart in order to give instruction from it.

“Few books can stand three readings. But the word of God is solid; it will stand a thousand readings, and the man who has gone over it the most frequently and the most carefully is the surest of finding new wonders there.” A. HAMILTON.

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Jeremiah  19  20           Psalm  133 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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2.                                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                          

Today’s First Thoughts                                       November 2, 2012

Good Morning!
God’s Children have greater honor than is conferred on the princes of the earth; they are precious in God’s sight.

THE DIGNITY OF THOSE WHO HAVE GOD FOR THEIR FATHER:
Matthew 6:9. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

The wicked are dross (Psalm 119:119), and chaff (Psalm 1:4); but God numbers his children among his jewels (Malachi 3:17). He writes all his children’s names in the book of life. ‘Whose names are in the book of life’ (Philippians 4:3). Among the Romans the names of their senators were written down in a book, called, the enrolled fathers. God enrolls the names of his children, and will not blot them out of the register. ‘I will not blot his name out of the book of life.’ (Revelation 3:5).

God will not be ashamed of his children. ‘God is not ashamed to be called their God.’ (Hebrews 11:16. One might think it were something below God to father such children as are dust and sin mingled; but he is not ashamed to be called our God. That we may see he is not ashamed of his children, he writes his own name upon them. ‘I will write upon him the name of my God;’ that is, I will openly acknowledge him before all the angels to be my child; I will write my name upon him, as the son bears his father’s name. (Revelation 3:12). What an honor and dignity is this!

They are heirs to the other world. ‘Heirs of salvation’ (Hebrews 1:14); ‘Joint heirs with Christ’ (Romans 8:17). They are co-sharers with Christ in glory. Among men the eldest son commonly carries away all; but God’s children are all joint-heirs with Christ, they have a co-partnership with him in his riches.

David thought it a great matter to be son-in-law to a king. ‘What is my father’s family, that I should be son-in-law to the king?’ 
(1 Samuel 18:18). But what more is it to be born of God, and have him for our Father?

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Jeremiah  21 22         

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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2.                               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                     November 3 & 4, 2012

Good Morning!
Intercession must go far beyond eloquent prayer.

GROANING IN PRAYER:
Romans 8: 26. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27. And he that searcheth the hearts (God) knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

There are times when we are weak and don't know what, or how, we ought to pray. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what to pray for because He is not weak! There are times when we are blind and confused to our inner needs, but our Guest (The Holy Spirit) is not, because our heart is an open book to Him. He searches hearts, not to condemn, but to pray and intercede.

You may think, if only I could pray like the Holy Spirit, what wise words He must use, what great theological truths He must express. Not great truths, but deep groans that words cannot express. Sounds of groaning, coming from suffering like a woman bearing a child. Picture the Holy Spirit groaning in prayer on your behalf before God, and you will have the perfect picture of intercession. There is no eloquence in groaning. It is not comfortable to enter into a suffering soul. But you have something the other person needs--clarity, where for him, there is confusion. Strength and faith--where for him, there is only weakness and doubt.

Have you ever watched a sister or brother flounder in the faith? It is so easy for us to judge. Yet what we should be doing is falling on our faces, interceding with tears for a soul that is walking down the path to destruction. As your interceding becomes deeper, God will begin to allow you to enter into that man's heart. You will sense his pain, confusion and suffering. You allow it to become your pain, your suffering, your confusion, wrestle through it for him before the presence of God, so he may be free.

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Jeremiah   23  24           Psalm  134
Jeremiah   25 26         

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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5.                                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                          

 Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 5, 2012

Good Morning!
Intercession is the highest form of prayer.

POWER WITH GOD THROUGH INTERCESSION:
Exodus 32:9. And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 10. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

Any normal man would have fled in terror but Moses was not a normal man. From the humble beginnings of a burning bush, he had been transformed into a man who was deeply concerned for his people. Moses stood his ground and reasoned--Yes! Reasoned with the Eternal. Didn't Moses know that God is Sovereign? Didn't he fear the Eternal?

God said that he was going to destroy the Israelites, and that should have been the end of the conversation. He even asked Moses to leave Him alone. But Moses knew God more deeply than any on the earth. Instead he stood and reminded God of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He expressed a concern for God's reputation among the other nations. Then Moses did an astonishing thing that must have warmed the heart of God. But now, please forgive their sin--but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written (Exodus 32:32).

Moses was willing to lay down his eternal inheritance for a disobedient people. We can only imagine that this must have reminded God of His own Son who was to die for the sins of the world. God listened to Moses and relented on the disaster He had threatened. What would have happened if Moses had not interceded for his people? We can be assured that God doesn't play games. History would have been very different if Moses had not made a stand and reasoned with God.

God loves to work with His creation. You see it all through the Bible. He shares His authority and power with us so that we can take part in His sovereign will. In intercession, our voice is harmonized into His eternal sovereign will. When We intercede through fasting, it is a period of time set aside exclusively for someone else's need. This has a great credibility before God and is a powerful force against Satan.

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Jeremiah  27  28        Psalm 135 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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6.                                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                    November 6, 2012

Good Morning!
Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament eras.

FASTING AND PRAYER:
Ezra 8:23. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

Fasting is the most powerful spiritual discipline of all the Christian disciplines. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life. Fasting and prayer can also work on a much grander scale. When God's people fast with a proper Biblical motive-seeking God's face, not His hand, with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, God will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our Churches, our communities, our nation and world. Fasting and prayer can bring about revival - a change in the direction of our nation, the nations of earth and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Awesome power can be released through you as you fast through the enabling of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast, "when you fast," notif you fast.” Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ. Fasting is a Biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God. King David said, “I humbled my soul through fasting” Psalm 35:13. Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life. The Holy Spirit will quicken the Word of God in your heart and His truth will become more meaningful to you! Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience. Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival in your own life-and make you a channel of revival to others.

 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” If you fast, you will find yourself being humbled. You will discover more time to pray and seek God’s face. And as He leads you to recognize and repent of un-confessed sin, you will experience special blessings from God. Through your fast, and that of many other believers, God will heal our land.

Read Thru The Bible
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Jeremiah  29  30  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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7.                               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 7, 2012

Good Morning!
Why is being a member of a church different from being a member of any other institution or organization in the world?

EVERY MEMBER MATTERS:
Hebrews 10:24. “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
What does it mean to be a member of a church? You will understand why membership matters and every member matters if you will begin to see the church as a body and the members as the vital organs. We are told in Romans 12:5 “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

People today about membership, people think about paying dues, secret rituals, or having your name on some invisible roll that nobody ever sees. To Paul, being a “member” of the church was the same thing as being a vital organ of a living body. Until we understand that we will never understand the biblical meaning of membership. The church is a body, not a building. It is an organism, not an organization. In order for organs of the body to fulfill their purpose they must be connected to the body. For the body to be healthy all of the organs must be connected and they must be functioning. Any vital organ that is detached from the body will not only fail to fulfill its purpose, but it will die. The same thing is true for Christians who refuse to become a member of a church.

While your relationship to Jesus Christ is personal, God never intended it to be private. The church is a body, and every member needs to be connected to the body. The church is a family, and every family member needs to be a functioning member of the family. One of the greatest problems we face in the church today is “meaningless membership.” According to the Barna Research Group, 1 in 7 people will look for a new church this year, and 1 in 6 attends two or more churches on a rotating basis. Now some call these people “church hoppers.” The reason many hop from church to church is because they are saying in their own way, “my membership is not meaningful.” Our Church is going to do everything it can to insure that “every member matters.” This is going to entail a process; a never ending process that we pray will produce meaningful members.

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Jeremiah  31  32        Psalm  136  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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8.                                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 8, 2012

Good Morning!
The First Easter. On that resurrection day, in the evening time, there was a service.

THE MAN WHO MISSED EASTER:
John 20:19. “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 24. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Now, the background of this story is that the disciples had gathered together in an upper room. They were meeting like cowards behind closed doors. You see, Jesus, whom they had followed for three and one-half years had been crucified, and who knew but the same men who crucified Jesus would soon return and crucify His followers. And so there they were; their hopes were gone, their dreams were shattered. Their world had literally come tumbling to the ground, and they met out of fear and they're wondering, “What will happen to us?” And suddenly Jesus sood in their midst. What a glorious service. The ‘First Easter.’ John is the only one that tells us that one of the disciples was missing. But Jesus missed hm.

THE MISSING DISCIPLE. “And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.”

Read Thru The Bible
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Jeremiah  33  34

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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9.                                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                        

Today’s First Thoughts                                       November 9, 2012

Good Morning!
“Seek ye first he kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”

KNOWING GOD IS OUR GREATEST TREASURE:
Matthew 6:21. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
MATTHEW 6:19. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

If isolated from the rest of God's Word, there are some scriptures that could be interpreted to mean that having money or wealth is wrong. However there are other scriptures that speak of riches as a blessing. The harmony between these two apparently opposite positions is that money is neither good nor bad. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil, and many have committed the sin of loving money who don't even have a dime (1 Timothy 6:10)! The love of things (covetousness) is idolatry, and this is what Jesus is addressing.

Because it is so easy to lust after money and the things it can provide, the Lord established a system whereby prosperity is a by-product of putting God first. As Matthew 6:33 states, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” We should no more reject the blessing of prosperity than we should covet it, which is idolatry.

The reason for not laying up treasures (things we love the most) on this earth is so that we will not have our hearts drawn away from the things of God. A key to success in the Kingdom of God is singleness of purpose. We don't have the capacity to do our best in two areas at the same time. If we will simply put God and His Kingdom first in every area of our lives, He will add to us all the wealth that we need. What is more valuable or important than knowing Him? “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6

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Jeremiah  35  36        Psalm  137 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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10.  11.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotio

Today’s First Thoughts                                     November 10 & 11, 2012

Good Morning!
Jesus exhorts us not to be concerned about worldly things.

TAKING THOUGHTS - OR NOT:
MATTHEW 6:25. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27. Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28. And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29. And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

The Greek word used here for “thought” is “merimnao” and denotes “to be anxious or careful.” In this passage, as well as the parallel passage in Luke 12:22-32, Jesus is commanding us not to worry or be anxious about our material needs being met. It would be impossible to have no thought whatsoever about our physical needs. Even Jesus thought about His need for money to pay taxes (Matthew 17:24-27). We are simply not to be preoccupied with thinking about riches or spending our time worrying about necessities. These things will be added unto us as we seek first the Kingdom of God. The way we take or receive an anxious thought is by speaking it. Doubtful thoughts will come, but we do not sin until we entertain them. According to this verse, speaking forth these thoughts is one way of entertaining them; therefore, don't speak forth these negative thoughts.

It is imperative that we watch the words we say. Begin to speak words in faith that line up with God's Word, then positive results will follow. If we speak words of doubt, we will eventually believe them and have the negative things that these words produce. There are no such things as “idle” words which will not work for or against us. Death or life is in the power of every word we speak (Proverbs 18:21). Our words can be our most powerful weapon against the devil, or they can become a snare of the devil (Proverbs 6:2). Today watch your words. Speak only things that will express your faith, trust, and confidence in the Lord and not your fear about the situations you face.

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Jeremiah   37  38
Jeremiah  39 40      Psalm  138  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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12.                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 12, 2012

Good Morning!
We want to look into the Book of Philippians to find the source of the joy Paul speaks about so many times.

THE JOY OF JESUS:
Philippians 2:17. “Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. 18. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.”
Philippians 2:29. “Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness;”
The words ‘joy,’ ‘rejoicing’ or ‘gladness’ are found 19 times in the Book of Philippians. When you open this little book it is like opening your window to a breath of fresh air. It is like walking into a room that is filled with the scent of beautiful roses. This little book pulsates and radiates with joy. ‘Joy’ and gladness’ is an inward or internal feeling while ‘rejoice’ is the outward of this feeling. And when we have this internal feeling Paul is speaking of, it will always express itself outwardly. We simply will not keep this joy and gladness bottled up inside of us.

But it is not just an ordinary joy but a super ordinary joy. It is the joy of Jesus for this book is not only about joy. It is also about Jesus just as every book in the Bible is about Jesus. In Philippians 20 times Paul uses the name Jesus. There is ‘joy in Jesus,’ there is the ‘joy of Jesus,’ and there is ‘joy with Jesus.’ So the book is about the joy of Jesus--real joy, true joy, everlasting joy cannot be found apart from Jesus, and any other joy you do find will not last. For the joy of Jesus is a personal joy. It is a powerful joy. It is a permanent joy. Jesus said in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be full.” There we see it ‘my joy, a personal joy,’ may remain in you, ‘a permanent joy’ as that your joy maybe full, ‘a powerful joy.’

If the Christian life is anything at all it is to be a life of joy--radiant resplendent, refreshing joy. It is a “joy unspeakable” to be a Christian. There is the joy of having God as your father, the joy of having Jesus as your savior, the joy of having the spirit as your friend, the joy of having the Bible as your guide, the joy of having heaven as your home when I think of it my soul just thrills in the joy of knowing the Lord.  I can say with confidence that this was Paul’s favorite church. The church at Philippi was a devoted church full of joy, happy in Jesus, winning souls, loving one another.

Read Thru The Bible
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Jeremiah  41  42  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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13.                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                     November 13, 2012

Good Morning!
The reason Peter began to sink in the midst of the storm was because of his fear.

ENTER DOUBT, EXIT FAITH:
Matthew 14:30. “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”

In verse 31 Jesus used the word “doubt” in reference to Peter's fear. Fear is simply negative faith or faith in reverse. Where did this fear come from? Second Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” It didn't come from God. This fear was able to come upon Peter because he took his attention off of Jesus and put it on his situation.

Fear or doubt cannot just overcome us. We have to let it in. If Peter had kept his attention on Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith (Heb. 12:2), he wouldn't have feared. In the same way that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17), fear comes by hearing or seeing something contrary to God's Word. We would not be tempted with fear or doubt if we didn't consider things that Satan uses to minister fear and doubt. The wind and waves didn't really have anything to do with Peter walking on the water.

He couldn't have walked on the water apart from Jesus even if it had been calm. The circumstances simply took Peter's attention off of his Master and led him back into carnal thinking. Likewise, Satan tries to distract us with thinking about our problems.

Peter's faith didn't fail him all at once, as can be seen by the fact that he only “beginning” to sink. If there had been no faith present, he would have sunk all at once and not gradually. This illustrates that the entrance of fear and the exit of faith do not happen instantly. There are always signs that this is happening. If we will turn our attention back to Jesus, as Peter did, He will save us from drowning. No problem is too big for God. We should cast our care about the problem over on God and just keep our eyes on Jesus, the Word.

Read Thru The Bible
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Jeremiah  43  44         Psalm  139 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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Today’s First Thoughts                                     November 14, 2012

Good Morning!
God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). Any of the disciples could have walked on the water, if they would have asked and gotten out of the boat.

WORD POWER:
Matthew 14:29. “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.”

“By the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:” (2 Peter 3:5). This one word, “come,” was spoken by the one who made all things (John 1:3) and it had just as much power in it as the words that were spoken at creation. This is where the power came from for Peter to walk on the water. Likewise, any word spoken to us by God carries in itself the anointing and power it takes to fulfill that word, if we will release it by believing it and acting on it.

We need to not only know God's power, but the greatness of God's power, and then the exceeding greatness of God's power. This exceeding greatness of God's power is towards us. That means that it is for us and our benefit. Some people get glimpses of God's power, but very few have the revelation that it is for us and at our disposal. It doesn't do us any good to believe that God has power if we don't believe that it will work for us. This great power of God is effectual only for those who believe. We must believe to receive, or if we doubt, we do without.

Despite all the criticism that might be leveled at Peter in this instance, he did walk on the water. There were eleven other disciples in the boat and although they clearly saw Jesus and Peter walking on the water, they still did not participate. One of the important steps in receiving a miracle from God is to leave the security of your natural resources (get out of your boat) and put yourself in the position where there has to be a miracle from God to hold you up.

Read Thru The Bible
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Jeremiah  45  46

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 15, 2012

Good Morning!
There is a song that says, “Use what you have and God will give you more.”

GOD BLESSES WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE:
John 6:9. "There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?"

Notice that Jesus didn't just turn some of the stones into bread (as Satan had tempted Him to do in Luke 4:3). We find only one instance in scripture where God created a supply to meet a need. “And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD'S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not” (Numbers 11:21-23).

Usually, the Lord simply blesses what we set our hand to do. The disciple’s resources were totally inadequate to meet the need in this instance, but when the Lord blessed it, there was more than enough. Jesus didn't just teach the disciples, but He trained them also. He was constantly trying to involve them in these miracles. Just a matter of days later, He again asked His disciples what they could do to feed the multitude of four thousand men. It was like He was saying “You missed this question when I asked you how we could feed the five thousand men. Now, here are less people and more food. What would you suggest this time?”

Instead of remembering the previous miracle, they acted like they had never seen Jesus feed the multitude and they looked at their own resources again (Mt. 15:32; Mk. 8:1). Likewise, we all too often try everything we can do first and forget God's supernatural power until all we can do is pray. Many people have missed their miracle because they never took that first step of faith and used what they had. This young lad was certainly credited with part of this miracle for offering what he had. When in need, we should seek God's direction for something to set our hand to, and then trust Him to bless it and multiply the results of our work.

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Jeremiah  47  48        Psalm   140

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 16, 2012

Good Morning!
“Rest And Regroup.” This is an old army motto. The war is not over, there are yet many battles to fight, but the men are tired and weary, so the order, Rest and Regroup. We must remember that Jesus and His disciples walked miles every day.

REST AND RE-GROUP:
Mark 6:31. “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”

Jesus often separated Himself from others so that He could spend time with the Father. Here, we see Jesus calling His disciples apart for rest and leisure. Many zealous Christians have neglected the needs of their physical bodies and have, therefore, cut their ministries short through death or severe illness. Likewise, many have failed to take the time to be still and know God (Psalm 46:10). This will also cut your ministry short through non-effectiveness. One of Satan's deadliest weapons against those involved in ministry is busy-ness. We must balance our time ministering to others with our time of being ministered to by our Father. If the devil can't stop you from “getting on fire” for God, then he'll try to stop you by getting you “burned out.”

Remember, the reason Jesus and His disciples were going to this remote place was to get away from the multitude for awhile and rest. This rest was not optional, but rather, a necessity. Jesus and His disciples were taking a much needed vacation. However, the multitude followed them and their vacation ended even before it began. Surely, Jesus and His disciples were just as disappointed as you or I would have been. But instead of anger or bitterness, Jesus was moved with compassion.

Later on in the evening, Jesus went up into a mountain and prayed until the fourth watch (3 to 6 a.m.). The Lord intends for us to take care of these physical bodies as can be seen by Jesus' actions in taking His disciples aside for rest. But when this purpose was frustrated by the demands of the ministry, Jesus gave priority to the spirit man and stayed up all night praying and getting the spiritual rest He was needing. We should follow His example and always put the needs of the spirit ahead of the needs of the flesh. I’m sure there were many occasions that occurred just like that of the Transfiguration that are not recorded in the Gospels.

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Jeremiah  49  50  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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17.  18.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 17 & 18, 2012

Good Morning!
Learn to take advantage of the lonely hours.

ALONE, YET NOT ALONE:
John 7:53. “And every man went unto his own house.”
John 8:1. “Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives.”
Jesus was in Jerusalem, and all day long He had been teaching and intermingling with the people. The day had drawn to a close and the last verse of John chapter 7 says that, “every man went unto his own house.” The first verse of John chapter 8 continues the theme and says that “Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives.” It was the end of one of the most wonderful days in the life of Jesus.

It was during one of the three great festivals celebrated yearly, the Feast of Ingathering or Tabernacles. On this particular day Jesus had met and preached to various classes of people. The congregation was divided in their opinion of Him. John 7:12 “And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, nay, but He deceiveth the people.”

They sent officers to arrest Him and when they came back empty handed they asked, “why have ye not brought him?” the officers answered, “never man spake like this” (John 7:46). Nicodemus came to defend Him (John 7:51), “Doth our law judge any man, before it hears him, and know what he doeth?” The day came to an end with, “every man going unto his own house, Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives” (John 7:53; & 8:1).  The people went to their respective homes. To find domestic happiness, wife, children, supper, and to bed for the night, they went to sleep till another morning broke.

The Son of Man spent the night alone, among the trees on the hill side, the stars looking down, with no human companion near. What a contrast, alone, loneliness, alone, but not alone. Why did not someone ask Him home with them? When no earthly door would open, He went to the Mount of Olives to talk face to face with his Father. He who himself is God, must look up and appeal for strength. Let us come away from a noisy world, enter into silence with God. When we learn the meaning of faith, of love, of sacrifice, of prayer, we cease to be alone.

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Jeremiah   51  52       Psalm  141
Lamentations 
1  2        

 James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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19.                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 19, 2012

Good Morning!
In the next few days We want to look at The Parable of The Sower. Each of these, The Seed, The Field, The Sower, and The Harvest, so that we might be able to understand the role that each plays in The Kingdom of God, and finally at the Harvest.

THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER:
Matthew 13:3. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; (KJV)

This parable shows Jesus’ faith in teaching. Jesus scattered the good seed wherever He went. He saw the hard hearts upon which it fell in vain. He saw the shallow hearts of those who responded with enthusiasm only to turn away quickly. None of these things moved Him away from his purpose. He knew there was life in the seed, in His Message, and it was His work to sow. He saw a future harvest of thirty, sixty, and a hundred fold.

Jesus was a sower of living words to all men on all occasions.
To eager throngs in Galilee, during the year of popularity…
To hostile crowds in Jerusalem… to his little company of Disciples…
To children in the marketplace… to folks He met by the wayside… (woman at the well, etc.) Only a few of His words have come down to us, yet they live in the hearts of men, to comfort, to guide, to  cast down, to lift up, to transform peoples lives.

These were words that the world had waited for many thousands of years to hear. It is no wonder that, “they pressed upon him to hear His words and to touch Him.” (Luke 5:1) No other teacher ever carried so great an influence. Today some seventeen hundred million people follow him in some measure. These words brought light into the world. These words taught men that they were to love and respect one another. Without these words the world would still be in the darkness of Idolatry and ungodliness. These words broke the power of wickedness and satanic influence which held men and women in the bonds of iniquity.

O the power of Jesus’ words, power to set the captive free, and power to keep a person free from the tyranny of sin and the devil. We should praise God that we have heard His words and have been set free.

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Lamentations  3  4        Psalm  142 

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 20, 2012

Good Morning!
We are continuing The Parable of The Sower and today we willo focus on the The Setting
of The Parable. 

THE SETTING OF THE PARABLE:
Matthew 13:1. The same day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the Sea side.
2. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

It was springtime and seedtime, when Jesus had led His Disciples to the sea-side that day. A great throng of people had followed Him, in fact so many that Jesus got into a boat and used it as a pulpit to speak from. On the way they had passed by a field in which a sower was sowing seed. The farmer reached into his seed-bag and cast hands full of grain as he walked and some of the seed fell in the pathway under the disciples feet and the birds swooped down and devoured whole hands full of the precious seed.

Some of the seed fell on the rocks which were so prevalent on the hillsides, still more of the seed was cast along the outer edge of the field which had not been plowed and was overgrown with weeds and thorns (a thicket). Other handfuls of the precious seed fell in the well prepared soil which was expected to bring forth a bountiful harvest.

Later as our Lord sat down by the seaside He recalled to their minds what had happened that day. (Matt. 13:1-3) He gave them the Parable, then gave them the answer in words which we want to consider in these lessons.

1. The sower is the preacher, minister, teacher of God’s word.
2. “The seed is the Word of God.”  Luke 8:11  
3. The field is the human heart into which the seed is sown.
4. “The harvest is the end of the world;
5. The reapers are the angels.”  Matthew 13:39b

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Lamentations  5        Ezekiel  1 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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Today’s First Thoughts                                     November 21, 201

Good Morning!
The Parable of the Sower. sow bountifully—By Day, By Night, to any, and all, we meet, by the handfuls—cast The Good Seed.

SOW THE GOOD SEED BOUNTIFULLY:
Mark 4:3. “Hearken; Behold, There Went Forth A Sower To Sow.” (KJV)

Hearken,” “listen with stillness or attention,” “hear what I have to say.” It is the Lord who speaks. We must listen; we must give Him the attention which He claims. Ponder over what He has to say. His words are simple, but they are full of spiritual instruction. Meditate on them; pray over them. They will throw a light on the dark mysteries of human life; they will guide us on our way to God.

THE SOWER: We gather from Jesus’ interpretation of this parable that the sower is the minister or a teacher of God’s Word. In a larger sense he represents everyone who lives a Christian life. Every Christian is a sower—it is a privilege, and also an obligation, of all, to sow the good seed. Jesus said, “go ye, and teach all nations ,..” (make disciples) Jesus is referring to all of us, not merely to preachers and teachers. A child may drop a seed as effectually as a man. There must be a sower. The earth never brings forth corn or wheat of itself. Of itself  it brings forth weeds, thorns, or thistles. The hand of man must plow it and scatter the seed. Likewise the heart of man will never turn to God of itself.

It is the responsibility of the sower to put good seed in the seed-bag. With both hands he sows nothing else, but the Word of God. He should put nothing else in his seed-basket—every Sunday—but the pure unadulterated words from God, and mixed with tears and prayers for a Good Harvest. 

In Acts 19, Ephesus was the largest city in Asia Minor (Possibly 600,000) and knew nothing but idolatry when Paul came and began to sow the seed of the Word of God. The Word began to grow and flourish and within two years (Acts 19:10) almost all of that part of Asia had heard the Word and many of them turned to the Lord. Some have estimated as many as 200,000 turned from their idols and became born again Christians. What a Sower:

Read Thru The Bible
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Ezekiel  2  3         Psalm  143 

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                     November 22, 2012

Good Morning!
There is life in the seed, it has life saving qualities, and, if properly received, it will bring forth eternal life.

THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD:
Luke 8:11. “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
James 1:21b “…, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
No other book, no other revelation, regardless of seeming authenticity, has this quality. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will change the heart and life of any individual if it is presented in the proper manner and spirit. Jesus said, “and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32). The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most powerful compelling force in the world.

The seed that is to be sown is described in a two-fold way, “The Word of the Kingdom” (Matthew 13:9), “The Word of God”
 (Luke 8:11). All the seed must be sown. “The Whole Counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27). To Paul “Preaching the Kingdom” was, “Testifying of the Grace of God” (Acts 20:24-25). And, “Teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 28:31)

The Seed We Sow Is Spoken Of As Being:
1.  “Living” and “Incorruptible.” 1 Peter 1:22-25
2.  “Powerful’ and “Soul saving,” Romans  1:16; 10:17
3.  “Engrafted and able to save…” James 1:17

The Bible is inspired by God (it is the words of God) (2 Timothy 3:16), and therefore has all the power of heaven behind it. It is like a high voltage power line coming from a great power plant. Everything that is hooked to this power line has all the resources of all the generating capacity of the entire power plant behind it. It will cool our homes in the summer and heat them in winter. It will light the homes and streets in the whole city. It is an amazing force, an awesome power. But remember when the connection is broken, on any device that is plugged into the line all the power of the entire power plant is shut off from that appliance or instrument, and it ceases to function normally. The same is true in our preaching. As long as we keep our sermons hooked up to this line, it has all the resources of the universe behind it.

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Ezekiel  4  5

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                     November 23, 2012

Good Morning!
The Field Is The Human Heart into which the Seed is sown. Throughout His Ministry Jesus emphasized the responsibility of those who hear the Gospel preached.

THE FIELD IS THE HUMAN HEART:
Mark 7:14. “And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you and understand.”

Many things have a bearing upon how much product the seed will produce. The soil, the climate, the weather, the seed, the cultivation, the general health of the plants, time to mature, food or fertilizer, and pruning, all play a vital role in production of fruit or grain. Throughout His Ministry Jesus emphasized the responsibility of those who hear the Gospel preached.  Luke 8:18a. “Take heed therefore how ye hear:” the writer of the book of Hebrews also tells us that hearing the Gospel is not a certainty of salvation, but it must be also believed, and acted upon. Hebrews 4:2 “For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them: But the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

God directs so much of His time and energy in the cultivation of our lives, then He comes seeking fruit (Luke 13:7), and sometimes He is disappointed, there is no fruit, or it is sparse and sickly. Despite His diligent care, and labor, there is little, or no, production. Sometimes there are wild vines (Isaiah. 5:2), or untamed weeds which choke the production. (Matthew 13:25)

We now want to turn our attention to the field into which the sower casts the seeds, much of it non-productive soils or marginal land. It is very important what kind of soil we offer the seed to grow in, this is our responsibility. In this Parable the field Jesus refers to is the human heart. The sower does not have much control over the human heart which can be hard or fickle or full of other things that hinder the growth of the seed. But Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me.” An amazing statement but true.

There have been thousands upon thousands of people won to the Lord when the Gospel was presented to them in the right manner. The Apostle Paul was as far away from being a Christian as anyone I can imagine yet was turned to Jesus in an instant, and became, possibly, the greatest soul winner of people like himself.

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Ezekiel  6   7    Psalm  144 

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                    November 24 & 25, 2012

Good Morning!
All the Sower has to do is to sow—it is beyond his power to make the Seed grow. If all who witness for the Lord were responsible for The Effect Of The Gospel Upon The Hearts Of Men, theirs would be a sorry plight indeed.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SOIL:
 Jeremiah 17:9. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (KJV)
The heart of man seems to be entirely dead towards God. The heart is unable to give spiritual life of itself. The spirit of God must move to break it up.

Here we have come to the most important part of the Parable. It is of such importance that we cannot exaggerate it. The different soils to which Jesus calls attention to are the outstanding features of this Parable. Attention is focused, not on the sower or his seeds, but on the soil and its reaction to the seed that is sown.  The seed sown in all four soils was the same—but what a difference in results.

Where the Word of God fails to have any effect, the fault lies, not in the sower, nor in the seed, but in the ground. The fundamental truth, which Jesus is proclaiming in this Parable, is the proclamation of the Gospel to sinners.

We should really call this Parable, “The Parable Of The Soils.” We should understand that these soils represent different states, or conditions, of the heart and its reaction to the Gospel. In our study of them, we want to be honest in our opinion, which of these soils represent our own heart. The sower has done His work well, and the good seed finds its way into every corner of the field. The sower has given every square yard its chance to produce fruit.

Once again I call your attention to the Apostle Paul who sowed the seed in many fields of the world of his day. In Corinth, in Ephesus, in Philippi, in Athens, in Berea, Thessalonica, and all places in between, amid idolatry, hard hearts, immorality, ignorance, and the good soil of receptive hearts, and from all of those conditions the seed grew and multiplied until there were great congregations in each place. So we need to cover the whole neighborhood where God has called us to sow.

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Ezekiel   8  9
Ezekiel  10  11     Psalm  145  

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                     November 26, 2012

Good Morning!
One of the failures of the seed is The Hard Trodden Wayside Path which the seed is unable to penetrate.

THE WAYSIDE, OR PATHWAY PEOPLE:
Luke 8:5. A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

Jesus’ interpretation:  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved (Luke 8:12). As Jesus spoke this parable He knew that there were many who did not comprehend His Message. What could He do? At the moment nothing, until God should drive a plowshare of pain, or loss, in cruel mercy through their lives to make new furrows for the seed. Tragedy is indeed gain that compels men to meet life with serious purpose. It is so with nations, with cities, with families, with individuals.

It  may be choice earth, bottom land, black earth, but still trodden down. It must be broken up someway—softened. The failure of the seed is the hard trodden wayside path which the seed is unable to penetrate. It is never really grasped by the mind of some. Jesus said, “understandeth it not, … then cometh the wicked one and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.” (Matthew 13:19)

We could call them wayside people, or, pathway people, the hearer with the closed mind. This is ground along a path that is beaten hard by passing feet. He also saw the seeds cast on such soil only to never gain root because, “the fowls came and devoured them up.” Jesus did not tell us who those strangers and visitors were that packed the soil. But for all of us there are certain people, and influences that beat a path through our lives. Some of these can hinder, or even stop the growth of the Word of God which was planted there. Jesus tells us the devil uses these influences to take away the seed that was sown in our heart.

One of the thing Christians need to watch is the things which influence our lives, for good, or bad. Many things that we let walk through our lives can harden our hearts to the Gospel and cause us to become unfruitful.

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Ezekiel   12  13   

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                     November 27, 2012

Good Morning!
For all of us there are certain people, and influences that beat a path through our lives. Let us look at some of the things which pass through our lives day by day and ask ourselves in what way they are affecting us.
                                                                       
THINGS WHICH BEAT A PATHWAY THROUGH OUR LIVES:
Mark 4:15. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. (KJV)

Some of those things I will not elaborate on, but will just ask the question and leave each person to ponder on it for themselves. Pray that God will stir our hearts to hear from Him. 

1. Our Friends And Associates:
Who are the people who most frequently pound a path through my life?
The people in my home, my family, my relatives.
The people I work with, my boss, my co-workers.
The neighbors, the people I runaround with, those I seek out for recreation, or pastime. What sort of impact do they make upon my mind?
Do they always take the lead in the things I do?
What are the things we talk about mostly? Where do we spend our time?
Are they slowly hardening me against God?
Do I feel free to express my desire to serve God when I  am with them?
Or do they compact and compress my convictions about God?
Are they slowly solidifying my sentiments against His spirit?

2. The literature and the books that I read, the television programs, and the movies I watch, the music I listen to: All these things are having an impact on our minds. Most of the men and women who dominate the Media are non-Christians, and many are immoral, or very lacking in Christian standards. The things we feed our minds, and eyes, and our ears upon have a very great impact upon us, for good or evil. Let the reading material be good and wholesome, the movies and television not be degrading, the music we listen to not be sensual and devilish.

3. Our Private Thought Life: Things that occupy our thoughts will impact the soil of our heart and shape our lives more that any other thing. We become like them.

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Ezekiel  14  15           Psalm  146 

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                    November 28, 2012

Good Morning!
The deeper our commitment, the deeper our roots—or the real life sustaining virtue we have access to.

THE STONY GROUND: The Shallow Soil, Or The Emotional Hearer.
Matthew 13:20. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon (Immediately) with joy receiveth it;
21. Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation  or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
It is sad to say but many who have been won to Christ do not continue to walk very long with him because of these four words, tribulation, persecution, affliction, and temptation. There are so many who are swept in by the high emotional feelings of revival services, and thank God for revival services--many of us were won in revival services--but seemingly numbers of people, are not prepared for what lies ahead in the next few week or months. Their hearts and minds were not fully prepared for the really, true Christian walk. When great multitudes followed Jesus one time (Luke 14:25-33) He gave them a great lesson on what He expected of His followers. The main part of this lesson was on “Counting the Cost of Discipleship.”

We preach, and we teach, these beautiful promises of our Lord, and emotions run high, because they appeal to all classes of people. We never want emotions to die out of our Christian experience, but we cannot live on emotions alone. Emotions alone will not carry us through the difficult times. That’s the reason Paul spoke of the,  “Whole counsel of God” Acts 20:27.  Paul is saying that we need all the instruction, information, and advise contained in the Bible to be able to grow good Christian character, and to stand against the devil. Jesus also spoke of commitment—to be a Christian or a disciple of His, He asks us to make a commitment. The Sermon on the Mount is an example of the commitment He asks us to make (Matthew 4; 5; 6).

The deeper our commitment, the deeper our roots—or the real life sustaining virtue we have access to. Jesus spoke of crosses to be borne, of strait gates to be entered, of narrow ways to be walked. He also spoke of suffering with him, even of losing our lives for his sake. These are hard sayings for those who have no deep rooted feelings and have made little commitment to him. Many are utterly unaware of the hardships of disciple life.

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Ezekiel  16  17    

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 29, 2012

Good Morning!
Jesus tells us that there are a trio of antagonists which can grow along with the seed (word) only to finally, if allowed to stay in the soil, overcome and choke it till the fruit withers.

WHAT THE THORNS ARE:
Luke 8:14. And that which fell among thorns are they, … choked with
cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

CARES OF THIS WORLD” Filling one's life with so many things that God is crowded out, or at best, has only a small portion of our time. What Jesus is referring to is an anxious, unremitting attention to the business of this present life which chokes the seed of the Christian experience. A hundred interests, all legitimate in their place, are allowed to dominate one’s life—while religion is just another phase of life that must wait its turn. These people, like Martha are, “cumbered with much serving,” crowd the joy and privilege of sitting at the Master’s feet out of their life.

THE DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES” What is implied here are those riches gained as the fruit of worldly care and anxiety--neglecting heavenly treasures and keeping our nose to the grindstone. The false impression that material possessions bring peace, happiness, and satisfaction. “Many things..” homes, automobiles, guns, furs, bank accounts, things, things,.. To ‘have’ is to find all I need. Some of the most unhappy people are the very rich, their wealth and possessions have not brought them peace in the innermost parts of their life. We should ask ourselves, “where do our treasures lie?”  If our treasure, the thing we cherish the most, is tangible (discernible by touch), we too have been deceived.

THE LUSTS OF OTHER THINGS..” The third antagonist which “chokes the word” in our lives is the lust of other things." (Mark 4:19) in another place it is translated as “the pleasures of this life.” (Luke 13:14) we are living in a pleasure mad world, a world which has its thoughts absorbed by the flesh,  and no thought to the secret place of prayer. “And the lusts of other things…” are the thorns which grow up to choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful" (Mark 18-19). Lust is a powerful force. Lust is usually stronger than the strongest will. The word, “lust,” is used many times in the New Testament and every time but 3, it is used in the bad, or evil sense. It usually refers to evil desires, the base and immoral nature of a person. As the seed begins to grow it is choked by the thorns of lust, cares, and riches.

Read Thru The Bible
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Ezekiel  18  19          Psalm  147   

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

 Today’s First Thoughts                                      November 30, 2012

Good Morning!
Oh! The possibilities which exist when one hears the word of God. The fourth type of soil, "Good Ground"

THE GOOD GROUND:
Matthew 13:23. But He That Receiveth The Seed Into The Good Ground Is He
That Heareth The Word, And Understandeth It; Which Also Beareth Fruit, And Bringeth Forth Some An Hundredfold, Some Sixty, Some Thirty."    

THE GOOD GROUND:
Bring forth fruit, some thirty, some sixty, some an hundred fold. “An Hundredfold,..” signifying the complete productiveness of the seed of God's Word. I wonder who, if anyone, has ever reached, or achieved, the full
potential of the productive power of the seed of God's Word in their life? Has God ever looked upon an individual and said, “now that's all the power that the Word can produce?” “That’s the biggest harvest, the most fruit that one can possibly produce!” “You have exhausted your potential in me!”

I think of men like the Apostle Peter, the Apostle John, the Apostle Paul, and the other Preachers and Writers of the New Testament, in which their teachings have, for twenty centuries, been the herald whereby millions upon millions have come to know Jesus Christ. Yet, after twenty centuries, their potential for good has never been exhausted.

“AN HUNDRED FOLD:” Signifying the complete productiveness of the seed of God’s word. An astronomical number. Not a “hundred times,” but, “an hundred fold.” Take a piece of cloth and fold it, you have two plies, fold it again, you have four plies, fold it again, you have eight plies, fold it again, you have sixteen plies, and so far you have folded it only four times. Run this out to one hundred times and you have a number, “as the sand of the sea, and the stars in the heavens.” An inconceivable, an enormous, an unlimited potential, exists if we present the proper soil for the Word of God to grow in. In fact I ran this out to thirty fold and the number is, 864,073,984 times as much.

I said “Oh, God can I ever reach the potential of even the smallest number you gave?” “Oh, Lord will you accept ten, or even five fold?”

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Ezekiel  20  21  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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