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1.  2.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                            December 1 & 2, 2012

Good Morning!
The sower sowed in all types of ground with one thing in common, they are planted
with the intentions of bearing fruit.

WHAT IS THE GOOD GROUND?                                                                                              
Luke 8:15. But that on good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart,
having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

In this parable we have studied, the church is likened to a field of grain.
In John 15:1-6, the church is likened to a vineyard.
In 1 Corinthians 3:9, the church is likened to a garden.
In Psalms 1, the church is likened to a fruit tree.
These all have one thing in common; they are planted with the intentions of bearing
fruit. Many things have a bearing upon how much they will produce.
These which received the seed into the good ground had what the others lacked.
1. First they, “keep the word.”
2. Second they receive it, “in an honest and good heart.”
3. Third they, “bring forth fruit with patience.”

The growth factor: Jesus says, “brings forth fruit with patience.” It takes only a
moment to become a Christian, but the making of a Saint is the work of a lifetime
.
It takes time for the fruit to mature. We must take into consideration the weather,
sunshine, rain, the cultivation, pruning, the feeding of the plants. James 5:7. “Be
patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the lord. Behold, the husbandman
waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he
receive the early and the latter rain.”

Time to mature: 1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:” Radish seeds grow to   maturity in 21 days. A corn crop
takes 115-125 days to mature.
Give new converts time to develop personal
convictions and understanding of holiness principals
. Their hearts must be changed
by the spirit of God, and if they do not understand the reason for certain teachings,
they will not follow them. Give God time to work with them. 1 Peter 2:8. “For if
these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren
nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Even God does not judge
until the end, Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn thee.”

Read Thru The Bible
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Ezekiel  22  23 24            Psalm  148

Ezekiel 
25  26  27  28

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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3.                                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  December 3, 2012

Good Morning!
The heat and weariness of the battle against the devil will wither some before the
harvest.

THE BATTLE IS LONG AND TAXING:
Matthew 13:3. Behold, a sower went forth to sow; (KJV)

I feel that this parable (of the sower) describes what goes on, as a general rule, in all
congregations. The minister is the sower. The seed is the word of God, the field is
the world or the hearer, “the wayside” or the person whose heart has become
hardened and his mind closed toward God. The “stoney ground” to the emotional
hearer who is easily persuaded by the appeal of the gospel. The “thorns” represent
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. Jesus tells
what these “thorns” or forces are which “choke the word.”

Like the sower, the preacher must be diligent. He must use every possible means to
make his work prosper. Philemon 1:6a “That the communication of their faith may
become effectual …” Galatians 6:6 “Let him that is taught in the word communicate
unto him that teacheth in all good things.”

He must patiently "sow beside all waters (Isaiah 32:20), he must “sow in hope:” he
must “sow in the morning,” he must “sow in the evening” (Ecclesiastes 11:6), he
must “be instant in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2), he must not be
deterred by difficulties and discouragement. “He that observeth the wind shall not
sow.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4)

It is no light thing to be a minister of God's word. Preachers ought to be specially
remembered in our prayers
. Like the sower, the preacher cannot give life. He can
scatter the seed committed to his charge, but cannot command it to grow. He may
offer the word of truth to a people, but cannot make them receive it and bear fruit.
To give life is god's sovereign prerogative. “It is the spirit that quickeneth” (John
6:63a). God alone can, “give the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:7b)

Read Thru The Bible
Click the links below to read today's Bible verses online:
Ezekiel  29  30  31        Psalm 149 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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4.                                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                           

Today’s First Thoughts                                 December 4, 2012

Good Morning!
At harvest every man reaps as he sowed; every man’s ground, and seed, and skill,
and industry, will be manifested:
(Galatians 6:7, 8)
 
THE HARVEST OF THE EARTH:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 Matthew 13: 38. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the
kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;                                        
39. The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world;
and the reapers are the angels.
                                                                                                 
40. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the
end of this world.                                                                                                               
41. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his
kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 

 Revelation 14:15. At harvest the reapers cut down all before them; not a field, not a
corner, is left behind; so at the great day all must be judged (Revelation 20:12, 13);
God has set a day of harvest (Hosea. 6:11), and it shall not fail, Genesis. 8:22. The
reapers are the angels: they shall be employed, in the great day, in executing
righteous sentences. Then they who sowed precious seed, will come again with
rejoicing (Psalms 126:5, 6), with joy of harvest (Isaiah 9:3); when the sluggard, who
would not plough by reason of cold, shall beg, and have nothing (Proverbs 20:4);
shall cry, Lord, Lord, but in vain; when the harvest of those who sowed to the flesh,
shall be a day of grief, and of desperate sorrow (Isaiah 17:11).

“They will then be bound in bundles,” Matthew 13: 30. Sinners of the same sort will
be bundled together in the great day: a bundle of atheists, a bundle of those given to
sensuous pleasure and luxurious living, a bundle of persecutors, and a great bundle
of hypocrites. Those who have been associates in sin, will be so in shame and
sorrow; and it will be an aggravation of their misery, as the society of glorified
saints will add to their bliss.                       

Let us pray, as David, “Lord, gather not my soul with sinners (Psalms 26:9).

Read Thru The Bible
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Ezekiel  32  33  34  35 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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5.                            God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                          

Today’s First Thoughts                                December 5, 2012

Good Morning!
The woman of Shu-nam was great in hospitality, great in reward, great in faith...

A GREAT WOMEN:
2 Kings 4:8. “And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Sh-nem, where was a great
woman
; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as often as he
passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9. And she said unto her husband,
Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us
continually. 10. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set
for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when
he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 11. And it fell on a day, that he came
thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.”

Cities are important and remembered for many reasons... Mention the name and
immediately we associate it with it’s importance... Athens, stands for Greek culture
and wisdom... Nashville, music city USA. Pittsburg, the steel industry... Hodgenville,
the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln...
It takes only one person to make a city
famous
... And by them the city is remembered forever... Many people lived in
Shu-nem, but one women made it’s name live in Bible history... But for this woman
we would have never heard of Shu-nam.

What makes a woman a great woman? The woman of Shu-nem was great in
hospitality
... She “constrained” the prophet to eat bread... God blesses the home
with an open door... Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for
thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Pity the church which is a
household of closed doors... Hospitality makes our house a living Bible... I’ve seen
my mother serve meals many, many, times for visiting preachers and their wives
and children, then fix beds and pallets for them to sleep on, sometimes for days.

This woman of Shu-nem had great Spiritual Perception... The woman perceived that
this man, Elisha, was a prophet. It is sometimes thought that a heavenly ministry
does not need any earthly support. Jesus had such a home in Bethany where he
loved to go and spend some time, the home of Mary and Martha... This woman of
Shu-nam recognized that Elisha needed a place where he could rest and relax... A
small room built into the wall, with a bed, and a stool to sit on, and a candlestick to
light the room... Very meager by our standards, but a luxury to the man of God who
passed by her door... A welcomed sanctuary for a weary traveler..
She was great in
her reward
... Her reward was a living child, twice alive...

Read Thru The Bible
Click the links below to read today's Bible verses online:
Ezekiel  36  37  38         Psalm  150

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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6.                                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                               December 6, 2012

Good Morning!
Nothing brings the glory of God except the word of God.

ALL THAT IS LEFT:
1 Kings 8:9a. “There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which
Moses put there at Horeb, …”

The Temple is finished. Years of toil by the finest artificers had done their best. My
how it gleamed in the sunlight. We may ask what could be added to the glory
thereof? When the noise of a procession is heard approaching. It is headed by
Priests and Levites. The Priests are bearing an object on their shoulders. It is old
and battered, 480 years old. Yet what a monument! What a history it could tell! A
battered old relic of many battles. It is the ark of the covenant of the Lord!

How shabby and battered this article of furniture must have appeared! How
hopelessly out of place with the gleaming ornate beauty of the temple. Yet what
vicissitudes had it not seen during those nigh 5 centuries! What hardships it had
been part of, what adversity it had overcome, what trouble, what difficulty, what
distress, what trial, what tribulation had come it's way, how many hard knocks, how
many battles had it witnessed? For forty years it had accompanied the children of
Israel in their wanderings. It had been borne by the priests in the middle of the
dried up bed of the Jordan while the people crossed into the Promise Land. It had
been present at the fall of Jericho, carried daily round the city in the procession for
seven days. It had found a temporary home at Shiloh, it had been taken into battle
and captured by the Philistines. It had been carried back in lurching cart and had
been the cause of the death of Uzzah. David took it when he fled Jerusalem at the
time of conspiracy of Absalom. And now, this battered relic of an eventful past was
finally to be placed in the Temple Solomon had built.

The “Holy Golden Vessels” did not bring the glory. The multitude of sacrifices did
not bring the glory. All the work of men's hands did not bring the glory. But when
the ark of the covenant was set in place the “Cloud of the Glory of the Lord”
entered and filled the house so that the priests could not minister because of the
glory 1 Kings 8:11.
ALL THAT IT CONTAINED WAS THE TWO TABLETS OF
STONE
. All the beautiful artifices and temples, the work of men’s hands, will never
accomplish what the Word of God will accomplish in our midst today. The Word,
and the Word only, is the only thing that will bring the Glory into our Temples.

Read Thru The Bible
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Ezekiel  39  40  41

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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7.                                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 December 7, 2012

Good Morning!           
In the next few days we will take a look at Holy Ghost its benefits and how to receive
it into our lives.

THE BENEFITS OF THE HOLY GHOST:
1 Corinthians 12:13. “For by one spirit (the Holy Spirit) are we all baptized into one
body (the church), whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and
have been all made to drink into one spirit.”

Paul is telling us in this scripture it is by the baptism of the Holy Ghost that we
become members of the Church of God
: I think we can all agree that the church
began on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41) when the Holy Ghost came and filled all
that were in the house. And if it took the Holy Ghost to form the church, it would
surely take the same experience to add members to the church. Paul makes some
strong statements concerning the necessity of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost to the
Church at Rome. Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be
that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ,
he is none of His.”

The Holy Ghost Is The Oil For Our Lamps: Matthew 25. Jesus gives the parable of
the ten virgins in which five of them were called “foolish” because when the
bridegroom came they had no oil in their lamps and could not enter the wedding
feast. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the oil that gives us entrance into the
Wedding Supper, don’t be without it.

The Holy Ghost Is Our Wedding Garment: Revelation 19:7-8. We read of the
Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and it describes the Brides Wedding Garment as
“ fine linen, clean and white, the righteousness of the saints.” Matthew 22:2-14. Jesus
gives us a parable of a man found at the marriage supper not having on a wedding
garment. When questioned how he came to be there, he was speechless. He was
bound hand and foot and cast into outer darkness.

The Holy Ghost is that wedding garment, and since it is so important that every
believer be baptized with the Holy Ghost, it is very necessary that we hold God’s
standard up before men and urge them to be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Read Thru The Bible
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Ezekiel   42  43  44  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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8.  9.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                December 8 & 9, 2012

Good Morning!
When a King or Monarch wanted to mark something which belonged to him, or to
make his approval of something known, he stamped it with his Official Seal.

IT IS BY THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST THAT WE ARE SEALED:
Ephesians 1:13. “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of Truth,
the Gospel of your Salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed
with that Holy Spirit of promise,”

The Sealing By The Holy Spirit Has A Twofold Purpose
:
1. For Identification of Ownership.
2. For Preservation.

The Mark Of Ownership: The Church was purchased with the precious blood of
Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:19), it belongs to him. And
he puts his mark of ownership on
it’s members when they are sealed with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost
.. “What?
Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which
ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's
1 Corinthians 6:19-
20).
Paul said again, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this
seal, the lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of
Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19.

The Seal Of Preservation: In Revelation we find that God puts his seal of
preservation on his people to protect them from all the calamities of this life.
“Saying, hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the
servants of our God in their foreheads” Revelation 7:3. I have already stated that
under the Old Testament dispensation man fought his struggles by the strength of
his own will and might. In the days of Isaiah the prophet God was explaining that in
the not too far distant future the Lord himself shall be a barrier against the foes that
come against his people, (Isaiah 59:16-20). ... “When the enemy shall come in like a
flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him (the ensign of the
Almighty) Isaiah 59:19b. The Holy Ghost working in a person’s life is one of the
most powerful forces in the universe, as Paul described it in his letter to Corinth.

There is no safer place anywhere than to put your whole trust in Jesus and stay
filled with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, because, Paul says “your life is hid with
Christ in God,” (Colossians 3:3b)

Read Thru The Bible
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Ezekiel   45  46  47
Ezekiel   48      Daniel  1

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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10.                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 December 10, 2012

Good Morning!
The word “earnest” as Paul uses it here is, money which, in purchases, is given as a
down payment or pledge that the full amount will subsequently be paid.

THE HOLY GHOST IS THE EARNEST OF OUR INHERITANCE:
Ephesians 1:13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the
Gospel of your Salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with
that Holy Spirit of promise, 14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the
redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The Church Is The Only Thing That God Ever Purchased: (1 Peter 1:18-19). And
what a price he paid for it, the blood of His Son, and He gave it (the church) the
Holy Ghost as the earnest, or partial payment until he comes to redeem his
purchased possession. Just think of all the joy, the blessings, and all the other
benefits associated with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, and then come to the
realization that this is just a partial payment, a very small percentage of what is
waiting for us in Heaven.

There is a very beautiful story in the Old Testament (Genesis 24) where Abraham’s
servant went to find a bride for Isaac and when he found Rebekah he gave her gifts
of gold and silver and jewels telling her “My master is rich”. In other words “ten
camels could not begin to bring it all, this is only the dowry.”

After the Holy Ghost is received, there are things that take place in our lives which
authenticate its presence, the Bible calls this the “Fruit Of The Spirit.”

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.”

Romans 14:17. “For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink: but righteousness,
and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

The receiving of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the most life changing experience
that a person can receive in this life.

Read Thru The Bible
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Daniel   2  3  4

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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11.                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                December 11, 2012

Good Morning!
In the next few days we want to look into the Book of John which was written to
prove that Jesus was God made known in the flesh.

THE WORD WAS GOD:
John 1:1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.”
John 1: 14. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
John 20:30. “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples,
 which are not written in this book: 31. 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.”

In the beginning ... Here John carries our thoughts beyond the beginning of creation
in time to eternity. There is no argument to prove the existence of God; he simply
exists as in Genesis 1:1. From this opening word to the end of the Gospel, there is
not the slightest deviation from the John’s intention of presenting Jesus Christ as
God come in the flesh for the purpose of human redemption, and to whom every
person owes the uttermost worship and devotion. by such a choice of words, the
apostle John evaluates the new creation (God becoming flesh) through Jesus Christ
 in the same category of importance as the physical creation itself, and, in fact, being
another creative act of the same Word which was active in the first. A bolder
beginning cannot be imagined.

And the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It was the inspired genius
of the apostle John which seized upon this word (Logos), applied it to Christ, and
gave it a meaning as far above anything that anyone ever dreamed, as far as the
heavens are above the earth. The Word, as applied to Jesus Christ, is found only
four times in the New Testament, twice in this prologue (John 1:1, 14,
in 1 John 1:1,
and in Revelation 19:13)
all theses by the Apostle John.

The Apostle John left nothing to chance, categorically affirming in this third clause
that the Word was indeed God
, a truth reaffirmed at the end of the prologue
(John
1:18),
and again by the apostle Thomas (John 20:28). John's estimate of the deity of
Christ does not exceed that of other New Testament writers there are at least ten
New Testament passages that call Jesus “God.”

Read Thru The Bible
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Daniel   5  6  7

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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12.                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                   December 12, 2012

Good Morning!
Some seek to make a point of the fact that creation is not directly attributed to Jesus
in the Gospels.

JESUS AS CREATOR:
John 1:2. “The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him;
and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Other New Testament passages which attribute the creation of the universe to Jesus
Christ are as follows: “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or
principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is
before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17). “But to us
there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one
Lor
d Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him”  (1 Corinthians 8:6).

(God hath) spoken unto us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through
whom also he made the worlds ... (And of the Son he saith) Thou Lord, in the
beginning didst lay the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the works of
thy hands (Hebrews 1:2,10).

Some like to represent Jesus as second in the Godhead. Matthew represented Jesus
as having twelve legions of angels, that is, some 75,000 angels, at his command

(Matthew 26:53),
quoting his words that “All authority in heaven and upon earth”
were his (Matthew 28:18-20). One wonders just how such an accumulation of power
in Jesus' hands is any less than the power of God! Mark 5:6 represents Jesus as
having authority over the entire demonic creation; Luke 10:19 plainly presents
Christ as a being capable of creating all things - hence, there is no conflict. Added to
this is the fact that each of the Gospels records instances of Jesus' raising the dead;
and that is an act fully equal to the creation of the world in that only God could
have done it. Also, the Gospels are filled with Jesus' promises of eternal life, which,
again, is just as wonderful as creation, or even more wonderful, since the creation
itself is not eternal!

Those who wish to open a conflict between John and the Gospels must do it upon
other grounds than this.

Read Thru The Bible
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Daniel  8  9  10  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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13.                               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       December 13, 2012

Good Morning!
Throughout the Bible, creation is declared to be an act of God and Christ, or God
through Christ; and this Biblical explanation of how the universe came into
existence is the only reasonable and intelligent explanation ever given.

REGARDING CREATION:
John 1:3. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made
that was made.”

The Psalmist declares, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament
showeth his handiwork. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God”
(Psalm
53:1).
This world of ours is so complex and intricate that it could hardly have risen
by chance. It is filled with intricacies which require as their cause an Intelligent
Being, not blind fate or chance.

Take a look at the protein molecule, the basic building block of all life, and note that
it has about 40,000 atoms arranged in an exceedingly complicated pattern.
Regarding the possibility that even a single molecule, such as that, could have been
produced by chance, the amount of matter to be shaken together to produce a single
molecule of protein would be millions of times greater than that in the whole
universe. For it to occur on earth alone would require almost endless billions of
years (10 to the power of 243). But proteins as chemicals are without life. It is only
when the mysterious life comes into them that they live. Only an Infinite Mind, that
is, God, could have foreseen that such a molecule could be the abode of life, and
could have constructed it, and made it live. “WOW.”

I believe in God as creator because mere chance could not account for the
emergence of the first electrons or protons, or for the first atoms, or for the first
amino acids, or for the first protoplasm, or for the first seed or for the first brain.
I believe in God because His divine existence is the only logical explanation for things
as they are. The conclusion of this study of the creation might be summed up by the
Lord's word: “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalms 14:1).

There is no need to multiply scientific witnesses of the truth and there is nothing
unscientific about accepting the Scriptural account of creation, which is indeed the
ONLY account that makes any sense whatever.

Read Thru The Bible
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Daniel   11  12   

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

Today’s First Thoughts                              December 14, 2012

Good Morning!
John’s Gospel seems to tell us that everything in existence owes its existence to
Jesus.

LIFE AND LIGHT:
John 1:4. “In him (Jesus) was life; and the life was the light of men.”

In him was life.” ‘Life’ and ‘life’ was a favorite term with the author of John. The
noun (life) occurs thirty-six times, and eleven are in conjunction with the adjective
ETERNAL. The use of the past tense (was) shows that true spiritual life was in
Christ before the incarnation, emphasizing the truth that all of the hopes of
worshipers under Israel's law were actually in the Lord Jesus Christ, just as it is
with all who ever lived. All life, physical life as well as spiritual life, all derive their
existence from Jesus. As the agent of creation, Christ contained all life of every kind.
All life came through Christ, and is sustained by him, and is responsible to him.

In the beginning when life began on earth, plants, animals, bacteria or whatever, it
all came from the source of all life, the Logos, or Word which was Christ before the
incarnation. We note Jesus’ response to Martha, “I am the resurrection, and the
life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever
liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:25-26). Later
In this book Jesus would say, “I am (present perfect tense, timeless) the light of the
world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of
life” (John 8:12).

The life was the light of men.” This phrase is interchangeable, “The light was the
light of men
.” God's revelation of Himself to sinful and fallen humanity appears in
this. Beginning at the garden of Eden, God laid down the program of instruction
and revelation designed for the enlightenment of all people, and the guidance of all
people into the way of eternal life (Genesis 3:15). Although the Adamic fall is not
mentioned here, it is implied through the identification of man's source of light,
being not within himself, but derived from the Savior. Only they are enlightened
who know the life in Christ; all others are in darkness. He was and is the light
of men.

As we have said John is fond of these words life and light in his Gospel, Epistles, and
Revelation.

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15.  16.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                December 15 & 16, 2012

Good Morning!
The hatred and opposition of evil men cannot prevent the light from shining.

THERE WAS, AND IS, LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD:
John 1:5. “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it
not.”
John 3:19. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
John 8:12. “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in
darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

The Light has always given light and keeps on giving light. The dramatic shift to the
present tense shows that John was not here dealing merely with a past phenomenon,
but with a present reality. In the very nature of that ineffable light in Christ Jesus, it
is at once past, present, and future, ever shining in the gloom of mortal darkness;
and in the remarkable truth of this Gospel, that this Light was viewed as a blazing
sun illuminating the night of human sin and rebellion against God.

THE CONFLICT BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARKNESS: The basic hostility
between light and darkness, good and evil, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of
evil, appears in this verse. The un-regenerated world hates God and the knowledge
of his truth; but the hatred and opposition of evil men cannot prevent the light from
shining. It shines of its own inherent glory regardless of how inadequate human
response to it might be. The history of the last two millenniums is here summarized
as the Light shining in darkness! “And this is the condemnation, that light is come
into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest
his deeds should be reproved.  (John 3:19-20)

We, as children of God, have the Light within us and Jesus commands us to, “Let
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your
Father which is in heaven.  (Matthew 5:16).

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17.                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                         

Today’s First Thoughts                                December 17, 2012

Good Morning!
The apostle John nowhere referred to the great herald as John the Baptist, but
simply as John. The Apostle never mentions his own name. He calls himself “the
disciple whom Jesus loved, and as the son’s of Zibedee.

JOHN CAME TO BEAR WITNESS OF THE LIGHT:
John 1:6. “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7. The same
came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might
believe. 8. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9. That
was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

A MAN SENT FROM GOD
:  This identifies John the Baptist as a true prophet with
a valid message from God. He was not the light. His mission was to bear witness
to
the light. To bear witness to the light was to bear witness to Jesus Christ. It is true,
of course, that Jesus himself said of John, “He was a burning and a shining light:
and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light” (John 5:35); but the apostle
John here made a distinction between the light of John the Baptist, which was a dim
and borrowed light, and that true Light which lighteth every man coming into the
world. In no sense could John the Baptist be that light. As the true Light, Christ was
self-revealed, independent, pre-existent, and eternal. He was the perfect light, in that
the source was in himself as identified with the Father.

THAT ALL MEN THROUGH HIM MIGHT BELIEVE:” This is one of John’s great
words, ‘believe.’ He uses it about 100 times, nine times the frequency with
which it is used in the other Gospels. “Through him,” denotes John as the agent not
the means used in winning souls to believe in Jesus as the Light and the Light of
men. This is likewise the purpose of John in writing this book (John 20:31). The
minister is merely the herald to point men to Jesus. John the Baptist effectively
discharged that responsibility. The fact that many would not believe was due to
hardening and prejudice on their part and not to any fault of the noble herald who
went before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah.

THE TRUE LIGHT WHICH LIGHTETH EVERY MAN:” This light gives
natural life (v.4) to everyone; it will also give spiritual life to everyone that follows
this light. “I am the light of the world: he that followeth (continues to follow) me
shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

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18.                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                December 18, 2012

Good Morning!
We could but wonder if the world would have ever been any better if Jesus had not
come to bring the ‘True Light.’

THE TRUE LIGHT:
John 1:9. “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the
world.”

There was the true light ... coming into the world: This speaks of the sudden
appearance of Christ the world's Redeemer, his “coming into the world” indicating
his preexistence, and making his appearance among human beings an act of our
Lord's own volition. This corresponds perfectly with Luke's account of the
“Dayspring from on High” and his visitation among people (Luke 1:78). “Coming
into the world” is here a reference to the light.

Signifying that some knowledge of God is given to every man by the Word.
We understand it as a description of the normal relation of the Word to mankind, as an
affirmation that, if one fails of true and saving knowledge, it is because he closes the
eye of his soul to it, and not because the Word has failed to offer it to him. Light
from Jesus Christ has truly reached and benefited, in some degree, every person
who ever was born after Jesus came. Whatever enlightenment there may be
anywhere on earth, it derives finally from Christ. Wherever there is concern for the
poor, the downtrodden, the helpless, the aged, the hungry, the bereaved, or
whatever - there the light has dispelled at least some of the darkness.

One only has to look into the history of the ancient world before Jesus made his
appearance into it. I feel that is one of the reasons Jesus led His disciples into the
coasts of Trye and Sidon where the Sy-ro-phe-ni-cian woman sought Him to heal
her daughter. It was possibly the first time any of the disciples had been outside of
Israel, and Jesus wanted them to see the awful conditions of life outside of Israel
where nothing but slavery and idolatry and sin of every form and fashion existed.
Jesus let them see what he had come to bring light and a better life for. This could
only take place through the coming of Jesus Christ. The great pity is that light even
unto eternal life is available for every man, but not all avail themselves of it.

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19.                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                     December 19, 2012

Good Morning!
As we enter into the Christmas season we want to spend a few days looking into the
real reason that we celebrate Christmas.
The prophecies of Isaiah pointed to Christ--the promised Savior and God.
Jesus was of virgin born, Immanuel, God with us.

BIRTH OF JESUS FORETOLD:
Isaiah 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government
hall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

INWARD REST: That the peace which the Messiah came to bring was not that of
the conquering sword, but the prevailing Spirit; that which is won, not on the battle-
field, but in the depths of the human heart. Sin is the great disturber, the constant
troubler of the human heart. It casts down that which should be uppermost —
conscience, reason, holy aspiration, etc.; it enthrones that which should be in
subjection — passion, self, temporal interests, etc. The Prince, of Peace secures to
the human soul its right condition; he restores the true order; he redresses, re-
establishes, revolutionizes; he “makes all things new” within. And when the spiritual
nature is thus reset, all its powers taking their proper place and discharging their
rightful functions, there is a “great calm” within; they who cling to the Son of God,
the Prince of Peace, have “rest unto their souls”

To insure the unmistakable evidence of the birth of Christ, God gave the house of
David a sign. In Isaiah's prophecy God would select His own sign as proof that His
son would come into the world in such an unusual way, and the contrast would be so
great no one could honestly deny that this was the very Christ.
 Isaiah 7:14. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold,
a virgin shall
conceive
, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

The sign of a virgin giving birth to a child was a miraculous as it was necessary. It
was contrary to nature for such a thing to happen. God forsook the natural process
of child conception and instituted His own plan. This plan not only brought to the
world the Son Of God, but it brought to the world the Mighty God in Christ,  This
manner of birth was the only way God could be in Christ, “reconciling the world
unto himself.”

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                     December 20, 2012

Good Morning!
The first two chapter of Luke’s Gospel are some of the most important words that
were ever written. Without these two chapters the world would have no record of
the actual birth of Jesus. Luke goes back further than the other Gospels in his story.

THE ANGEL GABRIEL VISITS MARY:
Luke 1:26. “And in the sixth month (of Elisabeth’s pregnancy) the angel Gabriel
was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27. To a virgin espoused
to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was
Mary. 28. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly
favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29. And when she
saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of
salutation this should be. 30. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou
hast found favour with God. 31. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and
bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32. He shall be great, and shall be
called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his
father David: 33. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his
kingdom there shall be no end. 34. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this
be, seeing I know not a man? 35. And the angel answered and said unto her, The
Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow
thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the
Son of God. 36. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in
her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37. For
with God nothing shall be impossible. 38. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of
the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

As time went on (possibly 35-40 years), and naturally many of the thoughtful
cultured men who had accepted the doctrine of the cross began to say — We ought
to have the true story of the beginnings of these marvelous events authoritatively
written down. Here and there we have heard something of the birth and childhood,
why have we not the details authenticated? Men like Paul and Luke felt that such
natural questionings should be answered.

And hence it came to pass that, moved by the Holy Spirit under, we believe, the
direction of Paul, Luke went to the fountainhead, to the Mary herself, to those holy
women some of whom we believe had borne her company from the beginning, and
from her lips and their lips wrote down what she (or they) dictated, partly from
memory, partly perhaps from memoranda which she and others had kept of that
strange sweet time; and so these two chapters of the Third Gospel, of which the
incarnation is the central narrative, were written down much in the original form in
which Luke received it.

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21.                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      December 21, 2012

Good Morning!
It is most appropriate that Luke gives us this description of Mary as it was foretold
in the scripture that the Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).

TO A VIRGIN:
Luke 1:27. “To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of
David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28. And the angel came in unto her, and
said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou
among women. 29. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast
in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30. And the angel said unto
her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31. And, behold, thou
shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God
shall give unto him the throne of his father David:”

ESPOUSED: More accurately, betrothed. The formal ceremony of betrothal took
place among the Jews in most cases a year prior to the marriage. Matthew verifies
the fact that Mary was a virgin. This is a very important fact of the story. “Now the
birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to
Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
 (Matthew 1:18).

SHE WAS TROUBLED: Different to Zacharias, who evidently doubted in the
mission of the angel,and who required some sign before he could believe, Mary
simply wondered at the strangeness of what was about to happen. Her terror at
the sudden appearance of the angel, who probably appeared to her as a young man
clad in garments of a strange dazzling whiteness, is most natural.

JESUS, THE SON OF THE HIGHEST: It is singular that this title, given by
the angel to the yet unborn child, was the one given to the Redeemer by the evil
spirit in the case of the poor man possessed who lived among the tombs. (Mark 5:7).

THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID: This clearly indicates that Mary herself
was of royal lineage, although this is nowhere definitely stated (see Psalm 132:11).

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22.  23.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                           December 22 & 23, 2012

Good Morning!
There never has been a greater miracle happen all of the history of the world. A boy
born without a human father, conceived by the Holy Ghost, or God Himself as the
Father.

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN?
Luke 1:34. “Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a
man? 35. And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come
upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also
that
holy thing
which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36. And,
behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is
the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37. For with God nothing shall be
impossible. 38. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me
according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

THE HOLY GHOST SHALL COME UPON THEE, and the power of the Highest
shall overshadow thee. Again the angel makes use of the term “Highest” when
alluding to the eternal Father. The expression of Gabriel, “the power of the Highest
shall overshadow thee,” reminds us of the opening words of Genesis, where the
writer describes the dawn of life in creation in the words, “The Spirit of God moved
over the face of the deep.” “The Word” which “was God” was conceived in the
womb of a woman, not after the manner of men, but by the singular, powerful,
invisible, immediate operation of the Holy Ghost, whereby a virgin was, beyond the
law of nature, enabled to conceive, and that (Holy Thing v. 35) which was conceived
in her was originally and completely sanctified or made Holy from birth.

BE IT UNTO ME ACCORDING TO THY WORD: The lot proposed to her would
bring probably in its wake unknown sufferings as well as untold blessedness.
We may with all reverence think Mary already feeling the first piercings in her heart of
that sharp sword which was one day to wound so deeply the mother of sorrows; yet
in spite of all this, in full view of the present woe, which submission to the Divine
will would forthwith bring upon her, with an unknown future of sorrow in the
background, Mary submitted herself of her own free will to what she felt was the
will and wish of her God.

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Jonah  2  3  4        Micah 1

Micah 
2  3  4  5

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24.                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                    December 24, 2012

Good Morning!
An interview between the two happy mothers, Elisabeth and Mary.

GOD CONFIRMS THEIR FAITH:
Luke 1:43. (Elizabeth To Mary) “And whence is this to me, that the mother of my
Lord should come to me?
44. For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe
leaped in my womb for joy.”

We may suppose that Mary did not acquaint any of her neighbors at Nazareth with
the message she had received from heaven, yet longed to talk over a thing she had a
thousand time thought over, and knew no person in the world with whom she could
freely converse concerning it but her cousin Elisabeth, and therefore she hastened to
her. Now, at their first coming together, for the confirmation of the faith of both of
them, there was something very extraordinary. Mary knew that Elisabeth was with
child, but it does not appear that Elisabeth had been told any thing of her cousin
Mary being designed for the mother of the Messiah; and therefore what knowledge
she appears to have had of it must have come by a revelation, which would be a
great encouragement to Mary.

Mary’s Answer is one of the most beautiful and inspiring passages in the Bible. Few
take the time to read it and few ministers preach from it. So Let us read it today.

Luke 1:46. “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from
henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51. He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the
imagination of their hearts.
52. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty
away.
54. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55. As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.”

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25.                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                December 25, 2012

Good Morning!
“When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman,
made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might
receive the adoption of sons” Galatians 4:4-5.

THE FULLNESS OF TIME HAD COME TO FULLFLL THE PROMISE TO EVE
Luke 2:6. “And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.
7. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

THE DAYS WERE ACCOMPLISHED: The universal tradition of the Christian
Church places the nativity in winter. The date “December 25” was generally
received by the Fathers of the Greek and Latin from the fourth century downwards.

NO VACANCY: A small town in darkness, in a remote part of the earth, a jostling
crowd of people arriving and pushing ahead of one another for a place to spend the
night. Joseph and Mary coming wearily to the end of their long road. There was no
room for them in the village inn. Nothing to do then but to find a corner in a stable
where Mary, great with child, could lie down to rest. Poets, song writers, artists,
preachers and teachers have long tried to express it’s simple beauty—grandeur.
These were the first verses of scripture which I committed to memory. They let us
know that the most wonderful event that ever took place took place at night.

If the inn-keeper had dreamed who Mary’s child would be—he would have found
means to welcome him. He would have been flattered at the idea of welcoming
greatness. If someone had only told him that here was the world’s Savior, that a star
would shine over his place that night—that angels would sing—that here was the
one by whose name every little town and village he entered would be made famous.
Then he would have rearranged his guests and sent some to find lodgings elsewhere
so that mary the mother of jesus might come in. But he did not know--that’s the way
it always is. We see only an ordinary stranger when he comes knocking—“there is
no room in the inn of my heart.”

This was to become an eternal parable of Jesus’ life. 
No room for them in the inn.” 
No room for him in the people’s heart and life.”
No vacancy: now religion and Jesus cannot find a place when he comes with his
infinite gift to enrich our souls—there is simply no room for him in
the inn of my
heart—it’s already filled
.

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                December 26, 2012

 Good Morning!
Jesus was God manifested in the flesh. Luke's record referred to Him at birth as
Christ the Lord.”

 THE DEITY OF CHRIST:
Luke 2:11. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is
Christ the Lord.”

The Scriptures were not written to satisfy the curiosity of man about God, but “that
man might believe….That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye
might have life through his name” (John 20:31).

 Mary, the mother of Jesus, believed the deity of Jesus because when there was no
wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee she said unto Jesus, “They have no wine”
(John 2:1-3). She also said unto the servants “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it”
(John 2:5).

The beautiful testimony of Simeon was, “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.” (Luke 2:30-31), confirmed
a revelation. “And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not
see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ” (Luke 2:26). This incident was
confirmed by the aged prophetess Anna, who “.. Coming in that instant gave thanks
likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in
Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38)

Jesus asked the disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” And then
He asked them “But whom say ye that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said,
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus said, “Blessed art thou,
Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father
which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:13-20).

The centurion who was there at Jesus’ crucifixion, “Now when the centurion, and
they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that
were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54).

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27.                               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                  December 27, 2012

Good Morning!
Let us not forget to give praise unto Jesus Christ this season. Christmas is real and
Jesus Christ is our hope of glory.

IF CHRIST HAD NOT COME:
1 Timothy 1:1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our
Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

Christmas is not just an optional Holiday on the calendar but a foundational event
that under-girds all we are and believe. We can but shudder when we realize that if
Christ had not come, our Bibles would be untrue, for the story of the Incarnation
fills both the Old and New Testaments. If Christ had not come, our God would be
unknown, for Christ is the image of the invisible God, the Word made flesh. He is
Emmanuel -- God with us. If Christ had not come, our sins would be unforgiven.
The chief purpose for Christ being born in Bethlehem was to save us from our
sins. His very Name--Jesus--means “Jehovah Saves!” John the Baptist called him,
“The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).

Does Our Hope Rest Only In This Life?
If Christ had not come, our prayers would be unanswered. Hebrews 4:15-16 Says
that since we do have a High Priest, namely Jesus, we can approach the throne of
grace with boldness. If Christ had not come, our hope would be unfounded. We
would have no future, no life, no heaven, and no eternity. No reunions with our loved
ones, nothing beyond the grave. The Apostle Paul expressed it this way, “And if Christ
be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are
fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are
of all men most miserable
. 1 Corinthians 15:17-19).

But Christ Did Come And Has Been Raised From The Dead:
Because Jesus is raised from the dead we also have hope of a resurrection of our dead
bodies at his coming. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on
immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal
shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written,
Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

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28.                               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                   December 28, 2012

 Good Morning!
The Road Back From A Great Experience.

 THE ROAD BACK:
Luke 2:20. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things
that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them
.

The great moment has past, “and the shepherds returned…” the first four words of
this verse are not the end of the sentence. It also says, “glorifying and praising God
for all the things they had heard and seen…” Only hours ago the heavens were filled
with an angelic choir singing glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and
goodwill to men. They were excited and thrilled beyond description as they hurried
to the manger to see the baby that had been born that night. But now the skies are
blank and under their feet is common earth,
they are on their way back from a
great experience
.

Haven’t we all had moments, so beautiful, so full of joy—we knew we had been
touched. It is easy to go hurrying when great expectations lie ahead. But how about
when the emotions begin to ebb? The trouble with most people, they seem to be
walking on the road back. The road back is always the hard road, no joy, a sense of
let down, when the Christmas season is over. We seem to occupy our time adjusting
to an ordinary world and getting back to normal.

The shepherds did not understand all, but in a distant day this baby would be a
king, His crown of thorns, His throne a cross, but dimly, somehow they knew He
was royal. Let us return to duty “glorifying God and praising Him.

Let us look for God in our everyday life, on our job, at home, on the road, wherever
we may be. God will not be found in some strange and distant day if he cannot be
found now.

Read Thru The Bible
Click the links below to read today's Bible verses online:
Zechariah  4  5  6  7  8

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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29.  30.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                           December 29 & 30, 2012

Good Morning!
Prayer is based directly and specifically upon God's promises in Christ Jesus.

A PROMISE A DAY:
2 Samuel 7:28. And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true,
and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

As we shift gears for a new year, remember that God has a promise for every day, a
reassurance for every crisis, and grace for every need. You can take the year one
day at a time--and one promise at a time, praying for God's direction as you face the
opportunities and challenges of the next twelve months.

E.M. Bounds wrote, “Prayer goes by faith into the great fruit orchard of God's
exceeding great and precious promises, and with hand and heart picks the ripest
and richest fruit…  Prayer is based directly and specifically upon God's revealed
promises in Christ Jesus. It has no other ground upon which to base its plea.”

It is impossible to determine the specific number of promises in the Bible because
they are scattered throughout Scripture in so many phrases and forms that it is like
a vault full of precious jewels. But wherever we find them in the Bible, they are
precious and true; and a promise a day keeps the devil at bay. Get a jump start on
2013 by committing yourself to a promise anchored year.

Promises are God's golden fruit to be plucked by the hand of prayer. E. M. Bounds 

Read Thru The Bible
Click the links below to read today's Bible verses online:
Zechariah  9  10  11  12      
Zechariah 13  14       Malachi  1  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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31.                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      December 31, 2012

Good Morning!
Let us remember that God's grace is sufficient for anything we might face in the
New Year.

SUFFICIENT FOR THE FUTURE:
2 Corinthians 12:9a. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my
strength is made perfect in weakness.

 It is hard for us to imagine the Apostle Paul in a state of weakness. But a perusal of
2 Corinthians 6 and 11 shows us that he suffered terrible as an apostle for the sake
of Christ. But the most unique experience with weakness that Paul had was one we
can learn the most from because it was unnamed. It is the sustaining principle, not
the specific problem, which is important.

Paul was made weak by some affliction and it no doubt concerned him because of
its likely impact on his future ministry. How could he serve if he was sidelined by a
serious problem? But God said, “Trust me, Paul. I know the future and your future.

I will give you grace to do all you need to do.” And He did. Paul became thankful
for His weakness because it highlighted God's strength. Just as God knew Paul's
future, so He knows yours.

If you are worried about your future, perhaps this coming year, especially if you see
limitations on your horizon, trust God. The same grace He gave Paul he will give to
you.

Your future is not bigger than God, nor are your limitations larger than His grace.
Your faith in Him means your future is with Him. Just take life one day at a time,
trusting God's grace from sun up to sun down.     

Read Thru The Bible
Click the links below to read today's Bible verses online:
Malachi  2  3  4   

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net
 

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