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                         Godsgrazingfield Devotions June 2014

Three Kids

                                           "Suffer the little children to come unto me."

                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                       May 31 & June 1, 2014                 

Good Morning!
The story of Samuel is a divine interlude between the days of the Judges and those of David the King. The times are summed up in one verse, “In those days there was no king in Israel, every man did that which as right in his own eyes.”

THE URGENT NEED FOR A STRONG MAN:
Acts 13:20. “He gave unto them judges, ….. until Samuel the prophet.”
Acts 3:24. “Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, …”

Until Samuel; from Samuel these suggestive prepositions indicate that this great life was a hinge, a bridge, a connecting-link, a meeting-place between two epochs, like “a place where two seas met.” The study of Samuel the Prophet is especially helpful to those of us who are called to live amid troublesome time’s “loud stunning tide.” Samuel was no recluse, dwelling apart in dreamy mysticism. Both as statesman and politician in the best sense, he was called upon to play a great part in his people's history. He was a kingmaker and a king-breaker. Samuel was great in early Hebrew history. His life does not seem to have been often told; I hope, therefore, that this study may fulfill a distinct need. Samuel is regarded as Israel’s first true Prophet.

It was the end of one age and the beginning of another. Such is our position to-day. In every direction the old order is giving place to the new. It was thus in the days of the Early Church, when the typical institutions of the Levitical system were being replaced by “the heavenly things themselves.” And it was also thus at the time when 1 Samuel begins. The story of Samuel is a divine interlude between the days of the Judges and those of David the King. This is indicated by the first word in 1 Samuel 1:1, “Now,” which connects it to the previous book of Judges.

Every age takes up and urges the cry “Give Us Men;” but if ever a strong man was needed, it was in the days of which the Book of Judges affords some startling glimpses. The reign of a judge was, however, a very transient gleam of light in that dark and stormy age. In many cases the office ceased with the special crisis that called it into being. Only in the case of two or three, such as Deborah and Gideon, did conspicuous service lead to a lifelong primacy. It was necessary, therefore, to introduce a new order of things. To carry over the whole nation from the time of the last judge to that of the first king was a task that demanded a pre-eminently strong man; and the want was superbly supplied, as we shall see, by the prophet Samuel, who conducted his people from one age to another in an orderly manner.

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1 Kings   3  4      2 Chronicles  1   Psalm 72
Psalm   119:89--176

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                        June 2, 2014                 

Good Morning!
It is very touching to notice the various references to the child Samuel as they recur during the progress of the narrative of the first 3 chapters of 1 Samuel, especially those in which an evident contrast is intended between his gentle innocence and the wild license of Eli’s sons it is like a peal of sweet bells ringing out amid the crash of a storm.

THE CONTRAST BETWEEN SAMUEL AND ELI’S SONS:
1 Samuel 1:11 “… then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life,” 
“She brought him unto the house of the Lord in Shiloh; and the child was young.”
“As long as he liveth he is lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there."
“And the child did minister unto the Lord before Eli the Priest.”
“Now the sons of Eli were wicked men; they knew not the Lord; but Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child."
“Now Eli was very old, and he heard all that his sons did unto all Israel. And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour with the Lord, and also with men."
“And the Lord said, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle . . . And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.”

Samuel’s life seems to have been one unbroken record of blameless purity, integrity, and righteousness, throughout his entire life. It was a beautiful life strong in its sense of administration, wise in steering the nation from the rule of the judges into the royal state of the kings, faultlessly just, blamelessly pure, towering above all his contemporaries. Samuel was not a prophet in the sense of foretelling the long future, and was not possessed of Isaiah's genius and eloquence; his great contribution to his age was a saintly character, and it was by the saintliness, the moral grandeur of his character, that he prevented the ruin of his people.

There is one distinctive quality within our reach which needs never pass away, which shall remain unimpaired and radiant through the years and that is an unblemished character, a soul stainlessly clothed, and the holy life in which these shall be personified. Psalms 90:17 “And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” The greatest gift that any of us can make to our country or age is an undefiled character and a stainless life. Let us live our best in the power of the Spirit of GOD, and prove that the GOD of Pentecost is living still.

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Song of Solomon  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                            God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       June 3, 2014                 

Good Morning!
It is a great hour in the history of the soul when the customary, to which it has become acquainted by long habit and use, is suddenly exchanged for the open vision of God; when we say with Job, “I have heard of Thee with the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth Thee.”

GOD CALLED SAMUEL:
1 Samuel 2:26. “And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.”
1 Samuel 3:1. “And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli.”
3. “And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
4. That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.”

When God came near his young servant, it seemed as though He placed his seal upon his faithfulness. Until now only small services had been required of him. To close and open the doors of the Tabernacle; to light the seven-branched candlestick in the late afternoon, and supply it with pure olive oil every morning; to render little services to the aged priest, whether by day or night such were the duties assigned to him and performed with punctilious care. It was good that he who had shown himself faithful in a very little should have a larger and wider task assigned to him.

Up to this moment he had lived largely in the energy and motive-power of his mother's intense, religious life. It was needful that he should exchange the sheltered home training for real life. His faith must rest, not on the assertions of another's testimony, but on the fact that for himself he had seen, and tasted, and handled the Word of Life. Not at second-hand, but at first, the Word of the Lord must come to him, and be passed on to all Israel. Probably this change comes to every one who desires and seeks after the best and richest life.

You may be the child of a devout home, where from boyhood or girlhood you were trained in the traditions of evangelical religion, you were expected to pray and to serve God, you have been borne along by a blessed momentum; but suppose for a minute that that momentum should fail you, have you come to apprehend Christ as a living reality for yourself? It may be that a merciful God may send you forth that the eternal and divine may stand forth apparent to your spiritual apprehension, and be apprehended by yourself for yourself, as though they were meant for you alone.

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Proverbs   1  2  3

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                        June 4, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Three times the boy Samuel was startled from his sleep on his little bed in the chamber he occupied adjacent to the sacred building. He heard his name called softly, tenderly, lovingly, and felt sure that Eli needed him, and thrice hurried across the intervening space to report himself. Once, and again, and yet again, he ran unto Eli, and said, “Here am I, for thou calledst me.”

SAMUEL HEARS THE VOICE OF THE LORD:
1 Samuel 3:7. “Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8. And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. 9. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10. And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. 11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

Eli was very wise in his treatment of the lad. He might have posed as the sole depository of the Divine secrets, might have warned the lad against listening to vain delusions, might have given way to ungoverned jealousy and suspicion, might have stood on the dignity and pride of office. But instead of any of these, without the slightest trace of hurt pride, he took the boy's hand in his, and, so to speak, led him into the Divine Presence, knowing full well that the seals of sacred office, which had been taken from himself, were about to be laid on those youthful shoulders.

It is well to notice that the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of the Lord. Let us not seek for revelations through dreams or visions, but by the Word of God. Nothing is more harmful than to contract the habit of listening for voices, and sleeping to dream. All manner of vagaries come in by that door. It is best to take in hand and read the Scriptures reverently, carefully, thoughtfully, crying, ‘Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.’ And in response there will come one clear, defined, and repeated message, earnestly and stressed with growing distinctness from every part of the inspired volume, “This is the way walk in it; this is my will do it; this is my word speak it.’ Let us hear what God the Lord shall speak.

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Proverbs   4  5  6

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          June 5, 2014                 

Good Morning!
God has many ways to reveal his power and sovereignty. Many times God used extraordinary power to confound the enemies of His people.

GOD WORKS IN UNEXPECTED WAYS:
1 Samuel 4:1. “And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.
1 Samuel 7:7. “And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines

The scanty records of these chapters (4:1; 7:7), bridge over a considerable tract of Scripture; covering, perhaps, forty years. The details of Samuel's life and growing influence given by the sacred historian during that period are very fragmentary; but the narrative of events is profoundly interesting, and must be understood by those who would have a right conception of the great service that Samuel rendered to his people. It will appear, also, that there is a remarkable parallel, not only between those days and our own, but between the work he did and the work that is needed as urgently now.

It was an age of disunion and anarchy. After the deaths of Joshua, Caleb, and of all that generation, “there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10). In the years that followed their entrance into Canaan they had failed to drive out or conquer the many nations and tribes that occupied the land. One group of people, the Philistines, who had migrated from Western Asia and Eastern Europe about the same time Israel had come in. These people were experienced in war and had iron weapons and chariots of iron, and they became a constant enemy of Israel until David’s reign.

In 1 Samuel 4 & 5 Israel went to battle with them and was overrun by the Philistines who captured the Ark of the Covenant and took it and set it up in the temple of their god Dagon who fell over in the night. They set it up and the next night dagon fell over and broke apart before the Ark of The Covenant. in this instance, the prostrated form of Dagon, the painful disease by which they were smitten, and the devastation of their crops, caused them to cry unto Heaven (ver. 12), as though they realized that they were being dealt with by a greater than Dagon by the great Being who was superior to all local gods.

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Proverbs   7  8  9

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       June 6, 2014

Good Morning!                 
Whether for his people or his king; for the overthrow of the Philistines or the recovery of Saul from his evil courses Samuel never ceased to pray; he would have counted it a sin if he had.

SAMUEL WAS PRE-EMINENTLY A MAN OF PRAYER:
1 Samuel 7:5. “And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.”
1 Samuel 12:23. “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:’

Many a sleepless night did Samuel spend in tears and prayers for the king whom he had set up, and to whose hands he had committed the national interests as a precious charge. It has yet to be seen, and probably we shall never know until the veil of eternity is lifted, whether the world has benefited most by our prayers or labors. It is more than likely that the men and women who have poured out perpetual supplications and intercessions have, like Epaphras, wrought most effectively.

“All books,” says an eloquent writer, “are dry and tame compared with the great unwritten book prayed in the closet. The prayers of exiles! The prayers of martyrs! The prayers of missionaries! The prayers of the Waldenses! The prayers of the Covenanters! The sighs, the groans, the inarticulate cries of suffering men, whom tyrants have buried alive in dungeons, whom the world may forget, but GOD never! If some angel, catching these prayers as they were uttered, should drop them down from Heaven, what a liturgy they would make! Can any epic equal those unwritten words which pour into the ear of God out of the heart's fullness? But these prayers have been deeds. In the words of James 5:16, they have availed much in their work.

An energy passes from the holy soul, striving mightily in prayer, which becomes a working force in the universe, an indestructible unit of power, not apart from GOD, but in union with his own mighty energies, of whom, and through whom, and to whom are all things.” More things are wrought by prayer than this world dream of.

Let us pray more, especially as life advances. Let us seek to be enrolled among those who call upon his name. Let us so live that men may shelter themselves in the thought of our intercessions, as Saul in those of Samuel.

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Proverbs   10  11  12

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          June 7 & 8, 2014                 

Good Morning!
It is amazing how the Bible treats death. The death of some of the greatest people in the Bible is summed up in one verse. In the case of Samuel one-half verse is used.

THE SUN SETS ON THE GREAT PROPHET SAMUEL:
1 Samuel 25:1. “And Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. ….”

At last Samuel came to his end, so far as this world, at least, was concerned; and was borne to his grave, as a shock of corn fully ripe. Though he had spent the last years in retirement, partly because of his great age, and partly because of the breach between the king and himself, he had never lost the love and respect of his people; and when, finally, the tidings sped through the country that he had fallen upon that blessed sleep which God gives to his beloved, the event was felt to be a national calamity, so that from Dan in the far north to Beersheba on the southern frontier, “And all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him.”

Josephus adds this significant paragraph to the record: “His moral excellence, and the esteem with which he was regarded, were proved by the continued mourning that was made for him, and the concern that was universally shown to conduct the funeral rites with becoming splendor and solemnity. He was buried in his own native place, and they wept for him many days, not regarding it as the death of another man or a stranger, but as that in which each individual was concerned. He was a righteous man, and of kindly nature, and on that account very dear to God."

Death is not a state, but a step; not a chamber, but a passage; not an abiding-place, but a bridge over a gulf. Those whom we call dead are those who died, and passed through death into the other life. They put off their earthly tabernacle, but the spirit has passed into other scenes and activities for weal or woe. Remember how the Apostle Peter describes death. Speaking of his death, he uses the very word which had been employed in the conversation on the Mount of Transfiguration, when Moses and Elijah spake with the Master of the decease which He was to accomplish at Jerusalem (Luke 9:31). “After my decease” (2 Peter 1:15). The Greek word is ‘exodos.’ There is only one other place in which that word occurs in the whole New Testament, when the reference is to the going out of the people from Egypt (Hebrews 11:22). Let us not dread to die. With most the soul is probably as unconscious of the act of death as of that of birth.

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Proverbs    13  14  15  
Proverbs    16  17  18

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          June 9, 2014                 

Good Morning!
In the next few devotions we want to present to every Christian some basic principals from the Word of God that will help them become the strong, fruit-bearing, Christian God intended them to be. We as the people of the Name of Jesus have the precious pearls of God’s revealed truths to live by. There is, however, a great need for some practical principals that we can guide our every day living by.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER:
Psalms 1:1. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

It is God’s divine plan in the natural world for things to grow and mature to their fullest potential. Just one look around us indicates that God is concerned with progress and growth. If God is concerned that the birds, the flowers, the grass, the trees, and all living things grow to their state of full development, how much more concerned is he that the highest of his creation, mankind, grow and reach his state of full development and fruit bearing! God is certainly concerned with maturity, which is the state of full development. These devotions will contain several different messages of a very practical nature, and use Bible examples and principals, that all growing Christians can read and study and use to help them develop their personality and character.

God in his Word has stressed the importance of growth and reaching towards maturity by every child of God as we read in the following group of scriptures.
1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 2. If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
Ephesians 3:13. “Till we all come in unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (Complete, Whole, Mature) man, unto the measure of the stature (Full Grown) of the fullness of Christ.
14a. That we henceforth be no more children……
15b. …may grow up into him in all things,…”
1 Corinthians 13:11b. “ .. when I BECAME A MAN I put away childish things.”

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Proverbs   19  20  21

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          June 10, 2014

Good Morning!
The CEDAR TREES IN LEBANON were the greatest and strongest of all the trees in that area of the world, and David says that God’s people should imitate them in growth and strength. Psalms 92:12

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER            :
Luke 2:40. “And the child (Jesus) grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.”
Luke 2:52. “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”

FOUR WAY GROWTH: The above scriptures describe four important aspects of growth and maturation. The boyhood life of Jesus was an example of proper growth in The Following Four Areas:
                           1. WISDOM =============== Mental and Emotional Growth   
                           2. STATURE ================ Physical Growth
                           3. FAVOR WITH GOD ======= Spiritual Growth
                           4. FAVOR WITH MEN ======= Social Growth

Gaining wisdom, developing healthy desires, growing up physically, becoming real friends with God, and learning how to get along with other people are necessary to successful and happy living. For any Christian, and for that matter, any Person, to neglect any of these areas will only end up the looser. Before you can ever hope to be what you really ought to be for Jesus Christ, you must be born again the Bible way. Each of us must have the same experience as New Testament Christians as recorded in the Bible (John 3:5; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:5-17; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 19:1-5). For it is the sure and only foundation of real CHISTIAN CHARACTER.

Where power comes from to be a Christian: The scriptures say, “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” (Acts 1:8). Not before!  Zechariah 4:6b. “Not by (your) might, nor by (your) power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” We cannot become the person we ought to be on self-effort alone! It takes the “Power of God working in us both to will and to do his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13) We pray that the following lessons will add to the growth, the maturity, and the strength of all who read and study them so that their Christian Character will be like the “Tree planted by the rivers of water” (Psalms 1:3).

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Proverbs   22  23  24

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         June 11, 2014                 

Good Morning!
To everyone that is trying to live a Christian life there is great pressure from society to conform to its way of life, therefore we must build up inner braces to withstand the constant outer pressure to things contrary to our holiness standards.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: OUTER PRESSURE:
Psalm 51:6. “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”
2 Samuel 11:11b. “as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.”

The above scripture refers to Uriah the Hittite’s answer to King David when he was pressured to do something against his inner principals, “I will not do this thing.” It took great strength of character for Uriah to answer his king this way. To everyone trying to live the Christian Life there are outer pressures against your walk with God, your Holiness, your Purity, your Morality, your so called “Old Fashioned” standards of dress and conduct, against your Christian Character. There are also outer pressures of permissiveness and liberalism in Theology and doctrine that press against the Bible’s “strait and narrow way” of salvation (Acts 2:38), the scriptural revelation of one God (1 Timothy 3:16), and the basic Biblical “old paths” (Jeremiah 6:16) of truth.

The outter pressures are getting worse in our society. There is, Rebellion against Authority, Disrespect for Law and Order, Decency, Disrespect for Older People, And Moral Conduct, Disobedience to Parents, Teachers, and Ministers, Flagrant disrespect to God, His Church, His Truth, His Word, and His Person, and a general letting down of integrity, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

There is a lot of outer pressure from friends, school, the world, false doctrine, false religion, cults, family, job associates, & Etc. outer pressure to let down on the truth and give in on the basic Bible Teaching that we hold, and are absolutely necessary for salvation. In today’s world Christians face drugs, dirty literature, liquor, cigarettes, bad language, disrespect to teachers and other authority, and immorality on every side. There is peer pressure to “compromise” and “join the crowd.” But God knows all about your outer pressures and He has provided us inner braces to help withstand the pressure. Just remember that you are not alone when it comes to those outer presseurs every other person who is trying to live for God faces these same or other like pressures.

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1 Kings   5  6      2 Chronicles   2  3

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                         June 12, 2014                 

Good Morning!
We must also recognize that we cannot do anything about the outer pressure but we can do something about our inner braces.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: INNER BRACES:
2 Samuel 11:11b. “and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.

2 Samuel 11:4-17 gives us an excellent example of a person who faced great outer pressure yet exhibited great inner braces that helped him to stand up against some unusual and strong outer pressure, Uriah the Hittite. When you read about Uriah the Hittite you will find that his inner braces of  Devotion to duty, Integrity, Self-discipline, Honor, Self-control, Devotion to a cause, Love of God’s truth, Principal, and Feeling of responsibility, Were much stronger than the OUTER PRESSURES placed upon him by his own king.

The outter pressure of the battle is more than enough, but on top of that, King David brought him back home from the battle to enjoy the comfort of home and the love of his own wife. King David’s motive, however was to cover his own sin with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba. Uriah had loyalty and respect for his king but refused to violate his own principals even under pressure from the king.

Uriah’s inner braces were much stronger that the outer pressures. Note Uriah’s solid response to King David in 2 Samuel 11:11, “… as thou livest, and as thy soul livest, I will not do this thing.” Uriah reveals in the first portion of that verse his deep inner convictions, his solid principles, and his top priorities, which he refused to compromise even at the command of his king.

Uriah’s respect for time was an inner brace that kept him from enjoying his wife. He realized there was time for all things, but this was a time “when kings went to battle” (2 Samuel 11:1) and not a time to sit home while others were dying on the battlefield. Uriah had established some inner priorities. It is important to note that David as a last resort tried to get Uriah drunk which he did (2 Samuel 11:13). David thought while Uriah was drunk that he would go down to his house. Uriah carried his own death warrant back into battle. Uriah probably knew what was in his hand, but not from reading his king’s mail, but from an inner intuition. His inner braces of principal was to lead him to his death. but Uriah had rather die than to violate what was the right thing to do. To Uriah it was much better to die honorably than to live as a compromiser and a coward.

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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                        June 13, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Another example of a person with strong inner braces we will use is Joseph. He resists the temptation of his mistress.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: INNER BRACES:
Genesis 39:7. “And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 9. There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

Far away from home and his father’s house where he had been trained to serve and obey God, and now out from under the influence of those who had instructed and motivated him in worship of God, who would ever know if he gave in to the temptations of evil desires. The answer to this is, his own conscience. What a great answer to all motivations to sin, “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

Another character witness we will bring to your attention is Jeremiah. Jeremiah had been witnessing to the inhabitants and the king of Jerusalem because of their sins. Evil men took Jeremiah and put his hands and his feet in stocks by the city gates where he spent a terrible night. Jeremiah was downhearted thinking that the Lord had led him wrong when he saw his enemies gain advantage over him (Jeremiah 20:7).  The inner braces of God’s word and God’s spirit came to his spiritual rescue.

Jeremiah 20:9b. “But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
10. For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.
11. But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.” Two things we can count on to help us in time of need, God’s Word, and God’s Spirit.

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James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       June 14 & 15, 2014                 

Good Morning!
There are two vital parts of any building, the foundation and the framework. The same is true of Christian Character.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER:
Matthew 7:24. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

It is important that a building be attractive and look nice, but it is more important that a building be built upon a strong foundation and have strong inner framework. The strength of a building is not in its outer appearance, but its guts, its framework. Jesus said, “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18b.) What Jesus was talking about was not a physical building made of wood and mortar but people.

People must be built. Holy Ghost Christians must have the proper foundation, and have strong framing of truth, principal, standards, conviction, spirit, and character. The world, the flesh, and the devil will pound on our spiritual and moral walls to try to find a place of weakness. it is necessary that we have sufficient inner character braces to stand the pounding. The most important thing in our life is to be saved and ready for heaven. Our most important possession is our soul. In order to keep our soul protected and ready for Jesus’ coming we must build our inner braces. We must study and know our-selves enough that we know our weak areas and brace them up.

We can brace up our lives by bracing up our character with, principals from God’s word, and spiritual disciplines such as prayer, consecration, fasting, doctrine, moral and ethical righteousness, sound habits, and faithfulness to God and his house. (1 Peter 1:5-9). It’s time to build our inner braces.

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James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         June 16, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Diamonds are found in the Proverbs.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: DON’T SELL OUT:
Proverbs 1:10 “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”
Proverbs 23:23. “Buy the Truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”

Beginning with the 16th through the 24th chapter of Proverbs, nine chapters, Solomon gives moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts to his son. He speaks of the evil effects of laziness, of gluttony, of drunkenness. He says to give honor to father and mother. Then in the midst of these precepts he says, “Buy the truth and tell it not;”

Truth is praised for its own sake as a supreme possession. Truth is to be acquired, and not to be parted with for any consideration, or any price. Like the Pearl Of Great Price that the merchant found and in exchange, for which, He gave all that he had. All the world is a market place and all the men and women are buyers and sellers. Every day is a market day, and evening brings the balance sheets of the things bought and sold, the tabulations of the net gain or loss. Foolish people are selling the better things for the worse. The wise buy precious and enduring things.

Your talents, your physical strength, your mental capabilities, are bartered on the labor market every day. In fact, even more of our beings are sold or bought each day. We are either buying, or selling, our souls daily.

A thing of value: We all have owned, or own, things that had great value to us. We have said, “I wouldn’t take anything for it.” But, many times, with the passing of time, our appreciation of those things diminish. Then we are willing to sell these things, sometimes at a profit, sometimes at a loss. Sometimes we get all the good from it and cast it aside. This is because much that we own has no lasting value. “Buy The Truth And Sell It Not;” It Is The Greatest Of Treasures. Nothing which is purchased at the cost of Truth is worth the price.

Truths I Live By,
1. “I will not sacrifice my principals upon the altar of popularity.” Do not sacrifice Truth upon any altar.
2. “I will be loyal to my Convictions at whatever the cost.”

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James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                            God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                        June 17, 2014                 

Good Morning!
We will take a look at a few Bible Characters who sold their relationship with God and the results thereof. Everything sold has an asking price and the reward or sum received. We will look at the price of the sale, and also the reward of each sale.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: EVE SOLD OUT:
Genesis 2:8 “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”

The first character we will look at is Eve who “sold out”   her relationship with God, her protection by God, and her sustenance with God for something so much less and so little. First let us look at what Eve sold. When God created Adam and Eve He planted a garden which would provide all their daily needs with no toil whatsoever. All they had to do was gather the fruit and eat till their hearts desire was satisfied.

God had also provided security: There was nothing to fear because all the animals had peace one with another. There were no storms to bring turmoil to their lives because all the elements of nature were calm. They were also created free from all disease and defects of the human body, therefore death had no claim upon them. The most valuable thing they owned was a close relationship with God Himself. This relationship was very close. God had created man in His own image and walked and talked with them in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). God was pleased with His relationship with the first couple because He even brought the animals to Adam to see what Adam would call them.

From close analyses of the first two chapters of Genesis it indicates that Adam was created with very high intelligence not even having to learn how to talk. Since the fall much of this has been lost to human race. In order for this relationship to continue through eternity God placed only one restriction on Adam and Eve. God had told them that they could eat of all the trees in the garden except one, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God made it plain that all they were enjoying would come to an end if they disobeyed this commandment. No earthy couple ever had so much to loose.

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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         June 18, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Satan had been cast out of heaven and somehow gained entrance to that beautiful paradise of Eden. One day he approached Eve and made her an offer to sell out.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTE: THE PRICE SATAN OFFERED:
Genesis 3:1. “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

The price Satan offered: Notice the first thing Satan offered was life instead of death. (v 4) (a lie).
Next thing he promised was being like God knowing good and evil. (A conscience).

The sale completed: Genesis 3:6 “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Adam and Eve “sold out” their close relationship with God, their livelihood, their freedom from fear, their very lives itself. They “SOLD OUT” for the things that the world has to offer.
“The lust of the flesh,”…….. “she saw that it was good for food.”
“The lust of the eyes,”……..  “pleasant to the eyes.”
“The pride of life.”………… “to be desired to make one wise.”

THE REWARD FROM THE SALE: Genesis 3:7. “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” As we said every sale has its reward. Adam and Eve were rewarded with a conscience which told them of their nakedness, but this conscience also told them that they were not right with God. It brought shame and fear about coming into Gods presence.

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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         June 19, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Today we want to look at the results of the sale when Adam and Eve sold out.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER; EVERYONE WILL ANSWER TO GOD FOR THEIR LIFE’S TRANACTIONS:
Genesis 3:9. “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10. And he (Adam) said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11. And he (God) said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12. And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”

God arraigns Adam and Eve: Every sin brings judgment and God brought Adam and Eve into His court for sentence (Genesis 3:9-24). Can you imagine the chills that ran through their bodies when they stood guilty before God.
The results of the sale:
(a) It brought homelessness to Adam and Eve,
(b) They were expelled from the Garden,  
(c) Eve brought suffering to all women through child bearing.
(d) Adam was forced to work to earn their living by the sweat of his brow.
(e) And finally they would return to the earth from which they were taken when death came upon them.
The Devil offered “his price” and they (sold out).

It is something that should stir our minds, the Bible opens with Judgment
(Genesis 3) and closes with Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). In both incidents God sits as Judge. In both cases the verdict is final. Another thing I want to bring to your mind, the Bible says, “we must all come before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10, Paul included himself in this verse, there is no way to by-pass this event. The prophet Daniel saw a vision of the judgment in Daniel 7:9-10, he spoke of thousands upon thousands waiting in line to be judged. On that great day there will be time for all to be judged.

We will be judged by our character, our holiness, and whether or not our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. God help each of us to prepare for that great and terrible day of the Lord.

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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          June 20, 2014                 

Good Morning!
One of the greatest tragedies of the Bible is the story of Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples who “sold out to Satan.” Judas “sold out,” a cheap price at that.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: THE FALL OF JUDAS ISCARIOT:
Matthew 26:14. “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15. And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.”

What Judas sold: Judas had been chosen by Jesus to be an apostle. This was the highest office that Jesus had to offer any man. Judas became a member of that Apostolic Band who surrounded and followed Jesus every day for more than three years. Judas had been given authority over unclean spirits and devils. Judas also prayed for people who were sick and they were healed (Luke 10:17). Judas beheld God in all of His glory. He knew the redeemer, the Savior, the healer, Judas knew the “Way,” the “Truth,” and “The Life.”

One of the 12 key places of leadership was his in God’s Kingdom. The glory of Pentecost lay just ahead. A place in the Lamb’s book of Life was his. Heaven’s gates were waiting for him. His name on one of the 12 foundations of the Holy City.
The Devil offered him his price and Judas SOLD OUT all of this for 30 pieces of silver. SOLD his place in the Kingdom Of Heaven, SOLD the Glory of ETERNAL LIFE, He SOLD THE PRINCE OF LIFE. For a moment Judas was happy: We have said that the sale of any thing has a double reward. And in the case of Judas he has his money. The bag he carried was heavier. He had visions of how he was going to spend the 30 pieces of silver.

They laid hold on Jesus and bound him and led him away to the house of the High Priest. There they sought for, and finally found, false witness to testify against Jesus. They derided him, and mocked him; they spit upon him, and buffeted him with their fists. When daylight came they led him away bound, to Pilate to seek his death.
Judas Iscariot was witness to all of this. Judas could take no more. His conscience would not die. Judas Iscariot knew in his heart that the things which were said were not true. He had seen and heard so many wonderful things which Jesus had done. No greater pain can we bear than a tortured conscience. It drove Judas Iscariot to suicide. A Tortured Conscience: A Tragic End: A Terrible Eternity:

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                              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                         June 21 & 22, 2014                 

Good Morning!
God desires people that He can use in His service. It is up to each individual to prepare himself for the service of the Lord. There are certain things that God requires for us to do in order to be a usable vessel or instrument.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: MEET (FIT) FOR USE:
2 Timothy 2:20. “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.”

In 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 Paul says that our body is “the temple of the Holy Ghost,” and that we are to “Glorify God in your body and spirit.” This scripture tells us that your body, my body, is the vessel, the utensil for holding God’s Spirit. Our scripture text (2 Timothy 2:20-21) lays special emphasis, not so much on the contents, but on the container, the utensil, but the vessel itself. If the container is weak, has a crack, the contents will flow out.

The Vessel or Container: We in Pentecost have stressed the contents (The Holy Spirit) and have forgotten about the container. A dirty container contaminates the product. Matthew 9: 17. “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” We must get “new bottles.” new vessels, new containers to hold the “new wine.” meet (fit) for the master’s use:

We have preached, and talked about what will keep the “new wine” or contents flowing, such as praying-fasting-holiness, but have neglected some things to keep our bottles strong. We must remember if we keep the Holy Ghost it will keep us. In order to keep the Holy Ghost we must keep our vessel (Body), our container in proper condition. Our vessel needs to be a symbol of distinction, honorable, of superior standing.

Remember, once you repent of all your sins (cleaned up your vessel, your bottle), once you have been baptized in the lovely name of JESUS CHRIST for the remission of your sins (washed your bottles clean from the stains of sin), and once you have been filled with the HOLY GHOST with the evidence of speaking with other tongues (Acts 2:4), you have the responsibility to keep the contents of the new wine by keeping in top condition the vessel or container.

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1 Kings   10  11     2 Chronicles   9
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James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                           June 23, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Many people fail to keep the gift of the Holy Ghost because they fail to consecrate their body, their mind, and their actions to God’s word and will.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: BE AN EXAMPLE:
1 Timothy 4:12. “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”

“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” 14. “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” 15. “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” 16. “Take heed unto them, and unto the doctrine; continue in them for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

Many people get the Holy Ghost but fail to keep it. Why? When we look close we can find the answer. The answer lies in the fact that when they got the Holy Ghost they thought the “New Wine” was all that was needed. They forgot about their vessel, their body, their temple, and their container. Don’t forget your vessel. Your vessel must be kept clean, it must be kept honorable, and it must be kept fit and ready for the master’s use. People fail to keep the gift of the Holy Ghost because they fail to consecrate their body, their mind, and their actions to God’s Word and will.

We must, through conscientious effort yield ourselves to God’s Word and willfully submit our body, mind and soul to solid principles of God’s truth and word. Respect God enough to love and serve Him in truth according To His plan. Respect others enough and their rights as a person and the Human family to understand them. Have compassion on them, minister to them, and to live in harmony with them without compromising your own self-worth and respect (Romans 12:18). Respect yourself enough not to tear yourself down in light of other people. Respect your body as the temple of the Holy Ghost and refuse to let anything defile it. You gain in self-respect by doing what is right and proper.

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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                          June 24, 2014                 

 Good Morning!
A great preacher rightly said, “Be what you ought to be then you can do what you ought to do.”

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: PERFECTING CHARACTER:
1 Peter 5:8. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9. Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Character is the better half of your wealth. Your most valuable possession as a Holy Ghost Christian is Godly Character. Many talented, intelligent, and people blessed with ability have failed in life for lack of character. In most cases talent will flee from character, but character will seek out talent to perform a necessary task.

Character has three vital ingredients, Backbone, Backbone, Backbone: Stand for nothing and you will fall for anything: (Stand up for what’s right, noble). Godly Character is the better half of your wealth. Your most valuable Possession as a Holy Ghost Christian is Godly Character. Godly Character has responsibilities. We will mention some of these responsibilities.

Responsibility: The ability to carry loads without complaining, bickering, or seeking glory. Being able to accept, cope with, and handle, the demands, situations, troubles, and pressures of life. The more mature we become the more responsibility we can handle and carry with trust. Responsibility is being accountable to someone for one’s actions. Responsibility is to see a job that needs to be done and willingly and voluntarily do it without complaining or seeking glory. Responsibility is doing a job right for its own sake. A mature, responsible person can say like Harry Truman, “The buck stops here” if, a venture is a success and if a venture is not a success.

The immature and irresponsible person wants credit for the successful venture but want to pass the buck to someone else when it is not successful. The responsible person finds the way to overcome all obstacles to complete a given task. The irresponsible finds the excuse why they could not complete a given task.

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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                           June 25, 2014                 

Good Morning!
The purpose of Acts 2:38 is to prepare your soul for eternity and get your temple, your container, your body, your vessel MEET (fit) and prepared for the master’s use.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: GETTING THE SINFUL VESSEL HONORABLE THROUGH ACTS 2:38:
Acts 2:37. “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.   39. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  

Acts 2:38 gets the bottle or vessel, or temple cleaned up through repentance, washed up through baptism in the name Of Jesus Christ, and filled up with the new wine of the Holy Ghost. (We cannot neglect Acts 2:38). You must build upon the proper foundation.

Vessels refined, remolded, remade, and repaired: After one has been “born of the water and the spirit,” God with loving and careful hands begins to remold, remake, and refine our vessel to make it what it ought to be for His glory.Trials, testing, challenges, and adversities are like the fire that refines the gold by taking out the impurities. Trials are like the refining process that iron goes through to make pure steel. No Christian is exempt from the refining process. It is God’s way of helping us to mature and grow up in Him. The refining and remolding process is sometimes slow and painful but the End result is a high quality vessel that is pure and clean and ready for the Master’s use.

There are many examples in God’s Word of how God made his jewels under the hardest pressure. Faith was born out of adversity in Abraham’s life. Determination was born out of the struggles of Jacob’s life. Patience was born out in Joseph’s life. Moses, Joshua, the Three Hebrew Children, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah Esther, Job, Jeremiah, Stephen, Peter, and the Apostle Paul are just A few examples of God’s loving refining process. It has been rightly said that “A diamond is just a lump of coal that stuck To its job.” Science tells us that diamonds are formed under tremendous Pressure. (No pressure on earth can do it).

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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         June 26, 2014                 

Good Morning!
God has left us a beautiful example of His work in our lives in the book of Jeremiah.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: A VESSEL REMOLDED:
Jeremiah 18:1. “The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2. Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6. O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”

God wanted to teach Jeremiah how He was working for the good of the people of Israel, so He sent him down to the potter’s house to watch the potter at work. As Jeremiah watched, the potter took a lump of clay and began the process of fashioning a vessel on the wheel. As the potter worked with His hands shaping the lump of clay into a vessel of his own design something happened, and the vessel he had planned to make was suddenly marred, or miss-shapened, in His hands. (The clay did not fall off the wheel)

As Jeremiah watched, the potter, did not, at this point, cast the clay away, but, in his great patience, put the clay back on the wheel and fashioned another vessel from the same lump. (The most important character in this story is the potter). The church is the potter’s house. Something is taking place in the Church, (Helps to shape our life) because the Potter is at work. One day God put on His work clothes (Philippians 2:5-8). God is the potter who works in the potter’s house. The mind of the potter rules there. (A vessel like He wants to make) There (in the church) we will hear the Word of the Lord.

Round and round the top spins and the Potter grasps the clay with HIS HANDS forming a circle around It. He applies slight pressure and the clay begins to rise in HIS HANDS, and take on the form of a vessel. The Potter touches the clay and shapes it as it spins on the wheel. The Potter has in His mind the shape and size of the vessel He wants to make from this particular lump of clay. Sometimes, as in the instance Jeremiah witnessed, the clay that the Potter is working with, for some reason, does not form, or shape to His satisfaction, so He reshapes it.

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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         June 27, 2014                              

Good Morning!
Very solemn words have been used again and again to illustrate and enforce the lessons of this great truth of permanency of character — the fact that after a while character becomes fixed, stereotyped as it were, and therefore unalterable; so that he that is unrighteous remains unrighteous still, and, thank God, he that is holy remains holy still.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: FIXITY OF CHARACTER:
Revelation 22:11. “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

The Lord’s coming, is at hand. Let the unrighteous, since they are so determined, be unrighteous still; and let the foul, since they love to be so, be foul still; let them, if they will have it so, if men will be wicked they must; but let you righteous and holy ones be righteous and holy still; your trial wilt soon be over, and your day of reward has come. What a man wills to be he eventually and increasingly comes permanently to be, therefore we may yet use our text as teaching that tendency of character is to become permanent, let the character be what it may. He that is righteous will go on doing righteousness; whilst he that is filthy will go on making himself yet more foul. Both will have it so, and it comes to be so, blessed as is the fact for the righteous, terrible as it is for the unrighteous.

There are times we are prompted to look back along the way we have come, and to determine where we stand. We do so in regard to our business, our health, our position in society, our attainments in knowledge, etc. And such review is right. Look back, then, on the paths along which we have gone during the past year. There have been some things in which we have made too little progress, in which we have halted too often, and at times turned back, the paths of prayer, of trust, of obedience, of love to God and man, of service, of charity, and the like. Halt now, if any be in such paths, and forsake them at once.

But there are others in which we cannot halt. This year tells of one such the path that leads to death and eternity. Along that path, whether we will or not, we must go, without halt or pause; and here we are, a long stretch of that way left behind us in this past year. And another of these paths along which we are ever proceeding is that one which leads to fixity of character, the permanent bent and bias of the will.

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James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                        June 28 & 29, 2014                 

Good Morning!
Evil desires, base thoughts and dirty experiences start small like a sprig of ivy growing at the base of a mighty oak and can be removed easily, yet if let grow will spread over the mighty oak and cover it to the point of sapping the very life from it, so it is with all uncleanness; it finally contaminates the very life blood of a person.

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: UNCHANGABLE CHARACTER:
Revelation 22:11. “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
Ecclesiastes 12:1. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;”

We are ever engaged in gathering together the materials which go to the formation and fixing of character, no matter whether it is good or bad. All our pursuits, pleasures, companionships, books, work; all our thoughts, words, and deeds are busy, like a colony of ants, all at work, and all tending to that ultimate result in character which binds us down to be ever still the same. Each day finds that work nearer done, and a year must make, does make, a great difference.

The walls of the building may have risen hardly above the foundation a year ago, but now, at the year’s end, they are a good way up; and a year hence, if we be spared so long, the whole structure will be much nearer completion. What inquiry, then, can be more important than this, as to the direction which our character is taking? It would not matter so much, though even then it would be serious enough, if our varied, separate acts were isolated and independent, without linking on the one to the other; and not, as they are, all tending to fix and mould character in one direction or the other, for good or for evil. Evil habits are stronger than you.

When the great suspension bridge over the Niagara Falls was built, first a slender wire was carried over by a kite to the other side; that drew over a stronger one; then a chain; and then, one heavier; and so by degrees the bridge was put together and completed. So is it with our characters. Some slight, insignificant action, as we deem it, draws after it some others which are not so insignificant; and these draw others more important still; and so at length the whole structure of our completed character, whatever it be, is brought together and remains permanently fixed.

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James & Mary Lee Thornton
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                               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       June 30, 2014                 

Good Morning!
The unholy cannot see God; they cannot walk with God; they cannot share the blessedness of the Holy Communion. Separated from him, they die as a branch broken from a tree. Now, the pure live, “I in them, and thou in me.”

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: WASHING OUR ROBES:
Revelation 22:14. “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (KJV)
Revelation 22:14. “Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they may have the right to come to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.” (ASV)

In the Revised Version and the Authorized Version there is a notable difference of reading. In the former the text reads, “Blessed are they that wash their robes;” in the latter it is, “Blessed are they that do his commandments.” But there is no real contradiction; for they that wash are they that will therefore obey, and they that obey are those who by their obedience show that they “wash their robes.” Some text read, “In the blood of the Lamb.”

Bathe your heart and intelligence, imagination and spirit, in the spirit of that life and death of Jesus, till all it was and means flows through your whole nature and life as blood through your veins; wash all your outward life, your habits, your manners, your doings at home and abroad, all the robes of your life, in the spirit which made Jesus pour forth his blood upon the cross, and make them white and pure thereby. Then you will understand — no, not understand, but know — forever, and live forever by the truth that ‘the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin.’ In short, the possession of, and yet more the being possessed by, the mind and spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ when he shed his blood for us, is to be washed in his blood, and to have our robes made white therein. This, surely, is the meaning of this much misunderstood but precious word.

The word “wash” is in the pro-active voice, meaning “to keep on washing.” We all need constant cleansing. Every day we need to approach the Throne of Grace, and beseech God for a new cleansing. His blood washes whiter that snow. Revelation 7:13. “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?   14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

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James & Mary Lee Thornton
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