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       Daily Devotion January, 2015

Jesus At The Well

                               Jesus And The Woman At The Well

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1.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                            January 1, 2015

 Good Morning!

The true servant of Christ will be completely yielded to the will of Christ.

 THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST:

Luke 3:3. And he (John the Baptist) came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

 At the age of about thirty, the age at which a priest could begin to minister, the Word of the Lord came to John, launching him on a meteoric career of brevity and brightness. It is very likely that John’s ministry, from wilderness to grave, lasted less than eighteen months.

 The purpose of the ministry of John the Baptist was to plow up the fallow ground of the hearts of the people (Hosea 10:12) and to prepare them for the coming of Christ. It was a big job for him to do in the six months of his work before the baptism of Jesus.

 There were many things in the spiritual terrain which needed to be changed. Crooked hearts needed to be turned to honesty and honor. Many high hills of pride needed to be brought down to a more appropriate level. The downtrodden and despairing needed to be lifted up and reminded of the fact that God loved and cared for them.

 He could not make the change in their hearts. But he could and did, by his preaching point out the areas of their lives where changes needed to be made. From

there the Spirit of the Lord could convict them and grant them repentance.

 John was not satisfied with a repentance which was all talk and no action. When people came to him, he boldly pointed out the areas of their lives which needed change. He was just as quick to condemn a smug attitude as to censure overt wrong.

To the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 3:7-10) he was very harsh. It was these religious leaders who were compared to a generation of vipers. He looked beyond their hypocritical facade and rebuked the rottenness within.

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Genesis   1   2         Matthew   1

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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 2.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                       January 2, 2015

 Good Morning!

John the Baptist recognized Jesus and knew his pure and holy life and thought that Jesus did not need to be baptized.

 HE BAPTISM OF JESUS:

Matthew 3:13. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15. And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 One day after many people had been baptized in the River of Jordan by John the Baptist, Jesus came from Nazareth to the place where John was baptizing. John knew Jesus and knew his pure and holy life and thought that Jesus did not need to be baptized. Jesus answered John and said, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness."

 Then they went down into the water, both John and Jesus, and when Jesus was baptized He came straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him. A voice from heaven said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

 This voice of God verified what John had proclaimed concerning Jesus being the Lamb of God. This was also a time when some of the disciples of John began to follow Jesus. John’s feelings were not hurt but it also was the fulfilling of John’s prophecy that “I (John) must decrease, but He (Jesus) must increase.

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Genesis   3    4          Matthew   2

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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3.  4.                            God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                   January 3 & 4, 2015                                               

 Good Morning!

We need to have God’s Word hidden in our hearts so we can use it to overcome temptation.

 JESUS WAS LED INTO THE WILDERNESS TO BE TEMPTED:

Matthew 4:1. “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”

 In the temptation of Christ it appears that our enemy is subtle, spiteful, and very daring; but he can be resisted. We can be sure that this is not the first time temptations came to Him because no man can reach the age of thirty and not have experienced many temptations, but our Lord Jesus had no corrupt nature, therefore he was tempted only by the devil. And so far Jesus had resisted all that had confronted Him. But now that the voice from heaven had proclaimed Jesus as His beloved Son Satan came with an all-out assault upon Him.

 The first temptation came directly after he was declared to be the Son of God, and the Savior of the world, and seemed to indicate that Satan was not totally convinced that Jesus was the Son of God and tempted Him to prove His Divine power by turning stones into bread, attempting to take advantage of Jesus’ hunger after fasting forty days. Christ answered all the temptations of Satan with “It is written;” to set us an example; he appealed to what was written in the Scriptures. This method we must take, when at any time we are tempted to sin. Let us learn not to take any wrong courses for our needs, even when our wants are ever so pressing: in some way or other the Lord will provide.

 In the second temptation Satan tempted Christ to presume upon his Father's power and protection, in a point of safety if He cast himself from the temple heights. Jesus’ answer proves if we go out of the way of our duty, we forfeit the promise, and put ourselves out of God's protection. Satan tempted Christ with the offer of the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. The glory of the world is the most charming temptation to the un-thinking and un-wary; by that men are most easily imposed upon. Christ was tempted to worship Satan. He rejected the proposal with abhorrence. “Get thee hence, Satan!” Some temptations are openly wicked; and they are not merely to be opposed, but rejected at once. It is good to be quick and firm in resisting temptation. If we resist the devil he will flee from us.

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Genesis   5   6    Matthew   3

Genesis   7   8   Matthew   4           

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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5.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                     January 5, 2015                                            

 Good Morning!

The true Christian message must exalt the miraculous Jesus as King and Saviour.

 JOHN ANNOUNCES JESUS:

John 1:29. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

 John the Baptist was a rugged, stern and uncompromising preacher. He described the Messiah as a man with fan and fire and axe, gathering His wheat into the garner, burning the useless chaff and consigning every fruitless tree to consuming fire; all of which was true. But when, after the baptism and temptation of Jesus, John the Baptist saw Him approaching, he melted into tenderness and spoke most graciously of Him, saying, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!” The statement embodies a great concept of the central work of Christ which was to "put away sin by the sacrifice of himself" (Hebrews 9:26).

 In this connection, John the Baptist was thinking of the paschal lamb, whose blood upon the posts and lintels of the doors saved Israel from the death angel. And resulted in deliverance from Egyptian bondage (Exodus 12:1-13); of the Lamb which God would provide for Himself as foreseen by Abraham on Mount Moriah (Genesis 22:8); of the morning and evening sacrifice in Tabernacle and Temple as a part of Israel's worship (Exodus 29:38-39); and particularly of (Isaiah 53), where Christ appears as a Lamb led to the slaughter, depicting both His patient suffering and His atoning sacrifice, for “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6-7).

 He bore the sins of the world upon the cross (1 Peter 2:24). And for all who accept Him as their Substitute and Saviour, He bears away sin so as to pardon freely and fully and give the soul peace (Matthew 1:21; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 5:11). His atonement is sufficient for the whole world and sufficient for all who believe.     

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Genesis   9   10        Matthew    5    

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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6.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                             January 6, 2015                                               

 Good Morning!

A dedicated Christian will strive to lead others to Jesus.

 JOHN’S DISCIPLES FOLLOW JESUS:

John 1:35. “Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;  36. And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37. And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.”

 As soon as Jesus had been baptized by John the Baptist, He immediately entered the wilderness to be tempted and remained there forty days. During His absence John continued to testify of Him, preach repentance, and baptize believers. Now the temptation in the wilderness is over and Jesus won complete victory over the devil. Jesus is now ready to begin His ministry. It is not strange that Jesus would come back to the river of Jordan where John the Baptist was preaching. John looked upon Jesus as He walked and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”  When two of John’s disciples heard him speak, they followed Jesus, one of whom no doubt was John the Evangelist and the other was Andrew.

 Having found Christ, Andrew immediately went in search of his brother and told him, we have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted the Christ.  Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. When Jesus beheld him he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone.

 The next day Jesus went into Galilee and findeth Philip of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter and said unto him, Follow Me. Then Philip went and found his friend Nathanael, and said unto him, we have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Nathanael asked Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said Come and see. When Nathanael asked Jesus, “Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said, before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Then Nathanael answered Jesus and said, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

 Andrew and John were already disciples of John the Baptist, while Peter, Philip, and Nathanael, who possibly knew and had heard of him, was not. They however, confessed Christ as the Messiah, Son of God, and Saviour of the world. 

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Genesis   11    12            Matthew    6

James & Mary Lee Thornton

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 7.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                           January 7, 2015                                               

 Good Morning!

Jesus came in fulfillment of Scripture to minister the needs of man.

 JESUS ANNOUNCES HIS MINISTRY:

Luke 4:14. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

 Jesus a man, thirty years of age is standing in the synagogue of His home town reading the Scripture. He chooses the portion carefully. He knows He is

without honor in Nazareth, because it is the place where He has grown up. But He longs to instruct them concerning Himself, who He is, and why He had lived in Nazareth as a boy and a young man. So He selects a portion from the Book of

Isaiah (61:1-11), that gives a tremendous description of the coming of the promised Messiah for the Jewish nation.

 Jesus knew they were looking for a temporary king to free them from the domination of the Roman Empire, but He wanted to impress upon them that such hopes were premature. He wanted them to realize that the kingdom of the Messiah was to be a spiritual kingdom, and that the victories the Messiah would gain would not be over political enemies but over the enemy of sin. But most of all He wanted to reveal to them THAT HE, A MAN FROM THEIR HOME-TOWN WAS THAT MESSIAH! The one whom the prophet Isaiah had spoken WAS IN THEIR MIDST….STANDING BEFORE THEM!  Evidently they were unmoved by his sermon. Probably they did not “catch on” as to what He meant. Perhaps some of them realized His purpose, but instead of acclaiming Him they were offended at Him. The visit to Nazareth ends on the sad note that He did not perform many mighty works because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58) .

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Genesis  13   14          Psalm  1   2   3

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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8.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                           January 8, 2015                                              

 Good Morning!

Any consideration of John’s life and ministry would be incomplete without an analysis of the end of his journey to prison and death.

 THE IMPRISONMENT AND DEATH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST:

Luke 3:19. But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 20. Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

 John rebuked evil wherever he found it, even in the palace. He did not confine his preaching only to those who were weak and lowly. When the king sinned, John did not hold his peace.

 Since Herod was a wicked man, it was only a matter of time before John got around to him. The focus of John’s rebuke was Herod’s marital status. Herod had put away his first wife, the daughter of Artaes, king of Petarea.Herodias had left her husband Philip, Herod’s brother, and took up residence with Herod. John, of course, rebuked the adulterous situation. But this union was also incestuous for Herodias was the niece of Herod and therefore forbidden to marry him (Leviticus 18:6, 16). Rather than repenting Herod had John thrown in prison.

 We do not know whether it was from doubt, despondency, or a desire to turn the rest of his followers to Jesus, but John sent emissaries to question whether Jesus was the Messiah. Whatever the reason, it gave occasion for the ministry of John to close with yet another proof of Jesus’ mission being brought to the notice of the world. After the messengers were gone to carry word to John, Jesus testified to the greatness of this man who decreased (Luke 7:26-28).

 As the executioner made his way to the dungeon, a chapter of history drew to a close. John had gone from a pinnacle of popularity and power to a prison cell.

Multitudes had followed him. A few close followers would bury him while the masses thronged Jesus. But John finished his course faithfully and without failure. He pointed the way and prepared the path for Jesus. No man has ever done a more important job for the Lord.

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Genesis   15    16          Matthew   7        

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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9.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                           January 9, 2015                                              

 Good Morning!

Through the authority of Jesus we may carry on His ministry. Jesus wants each of us to become fishers of men.

 THE MIGHTY MINISTRY OF JESUS:

Mark 1:17. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

 Jesus began His ministry in Galilee in earnest after the imprisonment of John the Baptist. The voice of the great prophet in the wilderness, who had cried “repentance” for more than a year, had been silenced by the wicked Herod Antipas. Then Jesus came preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. His method here was proclamation with authority, and His message was from God and with divine authority. (Mark 1:14-15)

 Having come to establish the spiritual aspect of the kingdom of God by calling men to repentance and faith, Jesus needed some men to help Him. Hence He called four fishermen by the Sea of Galilee to follow Him and “become fishers of men.”

They were Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, four individuals alike in occupation but unlike each other in ability and temperament. (Mark 1:16-20)

 Together with His four disciples Jesus arrived in Capernaum and on the Sabbath Day He entered the synagogue and taught. His teaching aroused His hearers with astonishment, for they at once recognized the Divine Authority in contrast to that of the Scribes. In the synagogue that Sabbath morning was a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out “Let us alone,” Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. When the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. The people were amazed at the authority that Jesus had when He gave commandment to the unclean spirits, and they obeyed Him.

 Jesus and the four Disciples left the synagogue and went into the house of Simon and Andrew. Peter’s mother-in-law lay sick of a fever. Jesus came and took her by the hand and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them (Mark 1:29-31). At even, when the sun did set, they brought unto Jesus all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. Jesus healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils. (Mark 1:32-34)

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Genesis   17   18          Matthew   8        

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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10.  11.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                  January 10 & 11, 2015                                                

 Good Morning!

If we trust Jesus, He will supply both spiritual and temporal needs.

 JESUS’ MINISTRY IN GALILEE:

A PRAYERFUL MINISTRY

Mark 1:35. And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.

 Jesus after a busy day and at the time when He must have known crowds would soon be thronging to see Him arose early in the morning and quietly found His way out of the city to a place of solitude for prayer. Simon and the other disciples, evidently concerned about Jesus’ absence and the gathering of the people, set out to find Him. When they found Jesus, they informed Him, that He was being sought by the crowds.

 A PREACHING MINISTRY:

Mark 1:38. And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. 39. And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

The purpose of Jesus’ mission was to preach and minister to all who had need. He had come forth from the presence of God, from the place of communion with God, to minister under God’s authority and providence to the lost, to the sick, and to the poor. It was His divine mission.

 A POWERFUL MINISTRY:

Mark 1:40. And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 41. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

Leprosy in Bible times was a skin disease that rendered the victim ceremonially unclean and therefore separated them from society. When the leper said unto Jesus, “If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. Jesus said, “I will; be thou clean. Immediately the leprosy departed from him.

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Genesis   19   20        Matthew   9

Genesis   21   22        Matthew   10

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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12.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                           January 12, 2015                                               

 Good Morning!

God moves in mysterious and unusual ways to manifest his power.

 JESUS TURNED WATER INTO WINE:

John 2:1. And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 11. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

 God moves in mysterious and unusual ways to manifest his power. Surprises await those who respond to God’s call in true faith and obedience. The early disciples found it so. They had been with Jesus but a short time when they were invited to a wedding, perhaps of some kinsman or intimate friend. When some of the guest wanted wine the mother of Jesus said unto Him, they have no wine. Jesus said unto His mother, “Woman, what have I to do with thee?” Mine hour is not yet come. Mary said unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.

 The mother of Jesus solicited Him to assist her friends in this strait. This shows her faith in Him even though He had, before this time worked no miracles, she looked for a miracle. The bridegroom might have sent out for more wine, but she was for going to the fountain-head where all needs are supplied. "Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it, though you may think it ever so improper. If He saith, Give the guests water, when they call for wine, do it. If He saith, pour out from the bottoms of the vessels that are spent, do it. He can make a few drops of wine multiply to so many draughts.” Note, those that expect Christ’s favors must with an implicit obedience observe his orders.

 There set six waterpots of stone containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus told the servants to fill the waterpots with water. They filled them up to the brim. Then Jesus told the servants to draw out and bear it unto the governor of the feast. “When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, he called the bridegroom. And said unto him, every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.”

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Genesis   23  24      Matthew   11            

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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13.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                         January 13, 2015                                               

 Good Morning!

Jesus said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” And that's why Levi, or Matthew, got his call from Jesus to follow him.

 MATTHEW THE TAX COLLECTOR:

Luke 5:27. And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 28. And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

 In this study we want to think of the background of these men whom Jesus chose. We want to think of their personalities, attitudes, and religious as well as their political beliefs. Remember we all bring these with us as we come to Jesus. Many factors and events have played on our lives and these all have helped to shape our thinking and condition of our soul when Jesus found us. Some people leave good Christian homes, with righteous up-bringing, and for some unknown reason go into the depths of sin.

 Levi's Godly parents must have been heart broken when he chose a profession of such shameful, and disgraceful repute, as orthodox Jews deemed that of a publican, or a tax collector, to be. Matthew was born to serve the Lord, his family, home, background, nation, all in his favor. But Matthew had sunk into the depths of sin. We do not know all that happened in Matthew’s heart to cause him to take the turn in the road of his life which he took. Matthew found himself “joined” by the “gilded fetters” of the Roman state, and had forfeited his golden opportunity in life. It must have been a heavy cross for Mary and Alphaeus, his mother and father. Yes this is the story of the original prodigal. Levi became, not a priest, but a publican, one of Caesar’s toll men. Matthew was brought from the pit.

 Matthew was probably a listener in the crowd at the Sermon On The Mount, as he gave us the best account of it. Jesus may have looked him in the eye when he said, “ye cannot serve God and Mammon,” Matthew’s besetting sin. So Matthew sat at the seat of customs and thought, no one had been turned away. Matthew had, in heart, become a disciple before that great day, but could he ever hope for personal recognition? Matthew would receive a higher call, the call to Apostleship. Latter in life, after years of service for his master, he would write the greatest story ever told.

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Genesis   25  26            Matthew   12     

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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14.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                        January 14, 2015                                              

 Good Morning!

In the next few days we will be looking into the gospel of Mark for our lesson on how to make ourselves available to the healing virtue of God. We will discuss 10 instances of healing and the lessons we can gain from each.

 DIVINE HEALING:

3 John 1. The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 2. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (KJV)

 The apostle John writing to a friend by the name of Gaius, What John is saying, "Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is."

 The Bible speaks much about healing, in fact a great part of our Lord's ministry had to do with healing the sick and afflicted. He was touched in his innermost being by those who sought Him out for healing of their sicknesses. In like manner the scriptures teache us to pray for healing, both for ourselves, and for others.

 There is no answer to the question, "why aren't all healed?" it is beyond human explanation. But, there are ways to make yourself available to the grace of God's healing.

 TAKE THE TOP OFF THE RAIN BARREL:

When I was a small child I remember a barrel at the corner of the house that my mother caught water in to wash clothes with. The barrel had a top on it to keep the trash out when it was not raining. But when it rained she went out and took the top off so the water which ran off the house could get in the barrel. If she failed to take the top off, even though the water came down, it could not get in the barrel.

 The same is true with God's grace to heal, it comes down from heaven like rain, so take the top off the rain barrel, and let God's healing come in.

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Genesis  27   28        Psalm  4  5  6

James & Mary Lee Thornton

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 15.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                            January 15, 2015

 Good Morning!

Settle it in your mind that it is his will that you should be healed.

 KNOW GOD’S WILL:

Mark 1:40. And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. (KJV)

 Luke 5:12, tells us that the diseased man was "full of leprosy." the disorder was fully developed; it had spread over his whole body. Leprosy was designed to be especially typical of the disease of sin. It was not, as supposed by many, contagious. It was in some cases hereditary. It was a living death. It was incurable by any human art or skill. It was the awful sign of sin reaching unto death. It was cured, as sin is cured, only by the mercy and favor of God. No wonder that our Lord specially displayed his power over this terrible disease.

 This leper “kneeling down” spoke to Jesus, “if you will, you can make me clean.”

“If you will,..” He wasn't quite sure…he knew Jesus could--but would he?

 “If you will--you can.” we know Jesus can, but will he?

 The leper was saying the same thing. “I know you can, but, will you?”

 Mark 1:41. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. (KJV)

 Notice Jesus stretched forth his hand and touched him. Jewish law forbade anyone touching a person who had leprosy. Jesus touched him, knowing that he could not be defiled with the touch. He touched him that he might heal him, and that His divine power of healing might be manifest. In like manner, through the incarnation, God touched the human race, that the power of sin might be broken.

Jesus is saying to you, “I will;”

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Genesis   29  30      Matthew   13      

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16.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                            

Today’s First Thoughts                                        January 16, 2015

 Good Morning!

Be willing to be healed on the basis of someone else's faith.

 BE WILLING TO BE CARRIED:

Mark 2:3. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. (KJV)

Jesus is back in Capernaum and it was noised abroad that he was back. Straightway a great multitude was gathered together in and around the house where Jesus was, until there was no room to hold them. The house was full, the doorway was full, all entrances and all the exits were blocked.

 Here was a man sick of palsy (paralytic, disabled). He was a man who could not help himself, and in no wise could make his way to where Jesus was. Four men brought him to where Jesus was and with much effort lowered him into the presence of Jesus.

 Mark 2:4. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. (KJV)

 Let us notice the actions of these four men. When they got to the house they could not get to where Jesus was because of the multitude. Determined not to abandon the possibility of getting the helpless man to Jesus, they uncovered the roof, “and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay”

 Mark 2:5. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, son, thy sins be forgiven thee. (KJV)  Mark 2:11. I say unto thee, arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, we never saw it on this fashion. (KJV)

 This man was healed on the faith of his companions.

Carry me on your faith until I can go on my own.

Let us carry one another on our faith.

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Genesis   31  32        Matthew   14

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17.  18.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                       January 17 & 18, 2015

 Good Morning!

We have a part to play in our own healing.

 OBEY TO THE ABSURDITY:

Mark 3:3. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, stand forth.

 It was the Sabbath day and Jesus was in the synagogue. There was a man with a withered hand also in there, and there were many other people there, many of them critical of Jesus wondering if He would heal on the Sabbath Day. Jesus did not disappoint them.

 Jesus spoke directly to the afflicted man, “stand forth.” “Arise, stand up, and come here.” Can you imagine that? They were in the synagogue, and nobody walks around in the synagogue. It is a place of worship. The man with the withered hand was keeping still in his place. But Jesus said, "come here, stand by me."

 I know that it is God's will for you to be healed because Jesus violated the Sabbath to heal this man. Jesus gave a command for the man to carry out.

 “You, you with the withered hand, you, stretch it out.” “What does he mean stretch it out?” “I’ve never stretched it out before.” “How can I?” “It’s withered.” But nevertheless at Jesus' command, “and he stretched it out.” “Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out:” (Mark 3:5b)

 Maybe it was difficult at first, maybe he had to struggle. But he was determined to obey, even if it killed him. “And his hand was restored whole as the other.”

(Mark 3:5c) But, instead of killing him it healed him.

 It was absurd to ask Naaman to dip seven times in the Jordan River. But he got his healing by doing the absurd. Remember Peter had fished all night and caught nothing yet Peter said, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” Jesus told a blind man to go wash in the Pool of Siloam after He had put mud on his eyes, he went, he washed, he saw (John 9:7).

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Genesis   33   34      Matthew   15

Genesis   35   36      Matthew   16

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19.                            God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                          

 Today’s First Thoughts                                      January 19, 2015

 Good Morning!

Whatever your obstacles may be, work through them to get to Jesus.

 OVERCOME ALL OBSTACLES:

Mark 5:27. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

 Jesus had just arrived back in Capernaum, and no sooner than when he got off the boat, a very large crowd had gathered around him. In the crowd was a woman who had an issue of blood, and she had suffered much at the hands of many physicians. She had spent all that she had, and was not getting better, but worse. The woman, on hearing that Jesus was back, made her way down to where he was. But she could not get near Jesus because of the crowd.

 In the crowd it was difficult for her to press through to where Jesus was. She believed if she could only get close enough to touch the hem of his garment she would be made whole. Overcoming all obstacles, she reached out through the press, of people and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, who touched my clothes?” Mark 5:28-30 (KJV)

 “Who touched me?” “Someone special has touched me.” “I felt strength, power, and virtue, go out of me.” “And he said unto her, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” (KJV) Mark 5:34

 Make every effort to get to where Jesus is, and then make every effort to reach out and touch him for your healing. Believe in your mind and heart and you shall receive your healing. Sometimes God lets us reach the point of desperation. Jesus did not reprimand the woman for going to the doctors, but they had done all that they knew. All their knowledge and skill was not sufficient. She had to turn to Jesus, after twelve years of suffering. Sometimes this is the only way God can get us to turn to him.

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Genesis   37   38       Matthew   17

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20.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          January 20, 2015

 Good Morning!

To receive healing we need to get rid of the doubt. Put it away, out of your presence.

 REMOVE ALL DOUBT:

Mark 5:35. While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? (KJV)

 Jesus was on his way to the house of Jarius, a ruler of the synagogue, who had asked Him to come and heal his daughter. He had been interrupted and delayed by the woman with the issue of blood. Then the word came that the daughter was dead. “Don’t trouble the master.” but Jesus said, “be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36).

 When they reached the house they were all weeping over the girl. Jesus asks them,

“Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying” (Mark 5:39-40). (KJV)

 They laughed at him, Jesus put them out. He removed all doubt from the scene.

“And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.” These had learned the lessons of faith. When the doubt was removed from the room Jesus says, “Talitha Cumi; which is, being interpreted,  damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment” (Mark 5:41-42). (KJV)

 We must put from our minds anything that raises the uncertainty of our healing. The best way to do this is to read in our Bible, the many cases of the healing virtues of God come upon the people who put their trust in Him. Do not let Satan cast doubt in your mind that God will do the same for you.

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Genesis   39   40       Matthew   18       

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21.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                      

Today’s First Thoughts                                          January 21, 2015

 Good Morning!

We should never miss an opportunity to seek Him out, when He is nigh unto us, because He just might not pass that way again.

 REMEMBER GOD IS NO RESPECTOR OF PERSONS:

Mark 7:25. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 26. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. {Greek: or, Gentile} (KJV)

 Jesus along with his disciples had passed out of Galilee into a heathen country, Syrophoenicia, near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. These cities were renowned for their extensive commerce and wealth, cities of gross slavery and very sinful and wicked practices. Two reasons why he went there was that his disciples might be exposed to the sins of the world, and that his miracles and doctrine might be imparted to the Gentiles. He desired that no one would notice him being there, but his fame had preceded him (Mark 3:8), and he could not travel without someone recognizing him.

 This woman seems to have come from a distant place. She was a Gentile, and a descendant from those seven nations of Canaan which had been driven out by God's command. They were called "Canaanites" in the Old Testament. A people that was "far off," as reported by the apostle Paul. (Ephesians 2:13) She was not under the covenant, what right did she have to come and ask Jesus for anything? What led her to think of Jesus at all? This Canaanitish woman had heard that this great healer had left the Promise Land and come to her land. She took advantage of this one opportunity, as blind Bartimaeus did later as Jesus was passing his way. She had heard of multitudes of cures He has performed, of wonderful cures--cures of demoniacs as well as those afflicted with diseases. A motherly affection drove her to Jesus. She cried after Him with a loud shrill cry to have mercy on her, and to heal her child. It was the pitiful sound of a mother calling out on behalf of, not only of her child, but for herself also.

 Our lord makes at first as though he would refuse her request, and yet it was not an absolute denial. There might be hope for her when the children were filled. A lesson we learn from this woman, let us ever persevere in prayer.

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Genesis   41  42        Psalm   7    8    

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22.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                       January 22, 2015

 Good Morning!

God is no respecter of persons, do not take no for an answer.

 FAITH TRIUMPHANT AND FAITH REWARDED:

Matthew 15:23. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

 Often the Lord seems silent when we come to him in earnest prayer; there is no voice, no answer. But we must pray on; he surely is listening, for he hears every prayer. There are reasons, unknown to us, for his silence. But, he will answer in his own good time. This woman was not to be ignored. She followed Jesus and his disciples to the house imploring his disciples to intervene to Jesus on her behalf.

“She Besought Him,” (Mark 7:26). “And Cried Unto Him, Saying, Have Mercy On Me, O Lord, Thou Son Of David;” (Matthew 15:22 Mark 7:27). But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. (KJV)

 The Syrophoenian woman would not be denied, she had stubborn faith. Like Jacob who wrestled all night, “I won’t let you go until…” (Genesis 32:26) “And she answered and said unto him, yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs” (Mark 7:28). “Give me, most gracious lord, only a crumb (a small mercy compared to thy greater mercies), the healing of my little daughter.” “To me, a poor Gentile, let a crumb of thy grace and mercy fall from your bountiful table.”

 Mark 7:29. And he said unto her, for this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed. This woman, born and bred amid the darkness of heathenism, with little to sustain and comfort her in this world and without hope for a better one, had her full share of miseries of mortal life until Jesus came near. Now the mother's heart was glad; her child was healed. Christ's grace is ever for those who seek, and who seek him earnestly. Remember God is no respecter of persons, don't take no for an answer.

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Genesis   43   44          Matthew   19

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23.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                             January 23, 2015

 Good Morning!

If your healing is not complete, go to Jesus again.

 GO TO JESUS AGAIN:

Mark 8:22. And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

 Jesus and his disciples are back in the promise land in the town of Bethsaida.

And He cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto Him, and besought Him (beseech him) to touch him. They seemed to have imagined that the healing virtue could not go forth from Jesus except by actual touch.

 Our Lord led, or brought, the blind man out of Bethsaida out away from the multitude, as He had done the deaf and dumb man. This was done, no doubt, to fix the attention of the afflicted man upon himself (Jesus), and upon the fact that He was about to act upon his eyes.

 “He spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him.” we may be assured that these signs (the spitting on his eyes, and putting on of His hands) used by our Lord were intended to awaken the afflicted man's faith, and stir up in him the lively expectation of a blessing. Jesus asked him, “What do you see?” and he looked up and said, I see men as trees, walking.  This man, as yet partially blind, saw men as in shadows, magnified by the mist, looking much larger than they really were. His vision was blurred.

 “After that He put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26. And He sent him away to his house, saying, neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.” Mark 8:25.

Jesus again laid his hands on him and his sight became normal. If your healing is not complete, go to Jesus again.

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Genesis    45   46          Matthew   20

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24.  25.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                   January 24 & 25, 2015

 Good Morning!

No matter how long it takes, never give up hope for your healing.

 DO NOT LOSE HOPE:

Mark 9:17. And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18. And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. (KJV)

 While Jesus was upon the Mount of Transfiguration a distraught father brought his afflicted son (his only child Luke 9:38) to his disciples, while they were waiting for Jesus to return. This was another case of a child being possessed with a foul spirit (demon). The disciples had tried, in vain, to cast the demon out of the boy. This was a very terrible case where the demon took charge of the boy's body, even to the point of trying to kill himself. (Mark 9:22)

 As they were coming close to Jesus the spirit "tare" the boy, throwing him to the ground, "wallowing and foaming" at the mouth. Whenever we get close to Jesus the devil is going to act up. Jesus asked him, "How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, of a child." (Mark 9:21) Then the pitiful plea of a distressed father, “But if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us” (Mark 9:22)

 For years the father had been watching over his son, praying every day for relief for his son, yet never giving up hope.

 Mark 9:23. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 27. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. (KJV)

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Genesis   47   48         Matthew   21

Genesis   49   50         Matthew   22

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26.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                            January 26, 2015                           

 Good Morning!

In the next few days we will give some thought to the Sermon on the Mount.

 WHY STUDY THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT?

Matthew 5:1. And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2. And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

 We all love the scriptures which tell us about the healings and miracles performed by Jesus, but many times we overlook the vastly greater importance of His teaching ministry. Without the teachings of Jesus Christ there would be no Christianity.  The Sermon on the Mount is the longest of the recorded teachings of Jesus. In it Jesus lays out the principals of Christianity. Matthew, recognizing it’s importance, placed it at the front of his Gospel. We also find its principals scattered throughout the New Testament.

 Without question The Sermon On The Mount is the greatest declaration to ever fall on human ears. These were words that the world had waited 4,000 years to hear. The Sermon On The Mount is the backbone, the very core, of Christianity. Arguably, it may be the greatest portion of the Bible.

 In this day and age the Doctrine of Grace is so emphasized that we fail to take seriously the teachings of the Lord Jesus. Some will say it is all by Grace and we don’t have to imitate His example of holiness. So the first thing we need to consider, “Is it relevant for the Christian of today? Are Christians expected to live by The Sermon on the Mount? Does Christ expect us to “be merciful,” “to turn the other cheek,” to go the second mile,” “to love our enemies,” “to be perfect?”

 Some will say, The Sermon on the Mount has nothing to do with us, I need not be concerned about its precepts, and I need not feel condemned because I am doing certain things — it’s not relevant to me. But Jesus was telling this multitude gathered before Him what they are to do in this world, not only while He was here, but after He was gone, and also to teach others these things. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:” (Matthew 28:20).

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27.                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotio

Today’s First Thoughts                                               January 27, 2015

 Good Morning!

Nothing shows us the absolute need of the New Birth and of the Holy Spirit Baptism and its work in our life so much as the Sermon on the Mount.

 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT AFFECTS EVERYONE:

Matthew 5:3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

 These are not natural qualities. Nobody by birth and by nature is like this. But Jesus is saying that all Christians will manifest all of these characteristics. It is not right to say that some are meant to be “poor in spirit,” and some are meant to “mourn,” and some are meant to be “peacemakers,” and etc. Every Christian must be all of them, and to manifest all of them--this is his character. 

 We cannot divide Christians into two groups—religious leaders and laity, exceptional Christians and ordinary Christians—one who makes a vocation of Christian life—and the man or woman who works in a factory, office, field, etc. There are distinctions of offices—Apostles, Pastors, Evangelists, but the Beatitudes are not a description of offices; they are a description of a Christian. They are the fundamental characteristics of the Christian.

 In the New Testament Epistles we see how all believers are addressed. “Beloved of God, called to be saints (Romans 1:7); “called to be saints,..” (1 Corinthians 1:2); “to the Saints which are in Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:1).

 We must face the fact that when we stand before God in the great Judgment Day we will be judged by the Sermon on the Mount. (John 12:48)

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Exodus   3    4         Matthew   24    

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28.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                             January 28, 2015

 Good Morning!

“Blessed” Not, once but nine times over our Lord repeats that word.

 THE BEATITUDES:

Matthew 5:3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 The word “blessed” means the highest stage of happiness and well-being. As used in Hebrew Literature as in Psalms 1:1; 32:1; and 112:1, it means “How happy.” How happy are the poor in spirit—how happy are they that mourn. First of all we want to emphasize that this highest stage of happiness is not brought on by outside circumstances, but is produced by a fountain of living waters springing up within our souls.

 I am happy, naturally speaking, if the car will start in the morning.

I am happy, naturally speaking, if the toaster doesn’t jam and burn the toast.

I am happy, naturally speaking, if my favorite shirt is ready to wear.

And if the car won’t start, or the toaster messes up, or my shirt is not ready, I am unhappy, naturally speaking.

 Yet none of these things take away my happiness, or blessedness, which I receive from walking with God. So right off I wanted to establish the fact that the blessedness, Jesus spoke of in the beatitudes, flows from something much deeper than bodily or natural happiness. This happiness goes far beyond our natural wellbeing. It is when we have enough of Christ in our lives and He becomes our all-in-all we reach the place of contentment. Paul demonstrates this when he says, “for I have learned, in whatsoever state (circumstance) I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11. (Written from a Roman dungeon).

 This blessedness gives us peace in a troubled world; it gives joy in times of sadness; it cannot be stymied by any thing that comes upon us, because it comes from within where Jesus Himself dwells.

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Exodus  5   6      Psalm  9  10  11     

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29.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                       January 29, 2015

 Good Morning!

There is no entry into the Kingdom of Heaven unless one is poor in spirit.

 POOR IN SPIRIT:

Matthew 5:3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 We shall see that this is the fundamental characteristic of the Christian. Poor in spirit is the very core of Christianity. What Jesus is talking about is a man’s attitude or feelings towards himself. What do we think about ourselves? The world puts great emphasis on self-reliance, self-confidence, and self-expression. If you want to get ahead, believe in yourself, express yourself. This idea, self-reliance, this expression, is controlling the life of men in our world. Pull yourself up by your own boot-straps—you control your own destiny. Reach out there and get it, it’s yours for the taking. You are somebody, (self-motivation) you can do anything you set your mind to (Genesis 11:1-6.)This type of thinking has to change Jesus says.

 In this verse (Matthew 5:3) we are not looking at men confronting one another, but men face to face with God. If we feel anything in the presence of God but poverty of spirit—it means that you have never really faced him. Isaiah said it best when he was ushered into the presence of God, his response, “Then said I, woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the king, the lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5)

 To be “poor in spirit” really means an empting, while the other Beatitudes are a manifestation of fullness. We cannot be filled until we are first empty. You cannot fill with new wine, a vessel which is partly filled already with old wine, until the old wine has been emptied out. It is an essential part of the Gospel that conviction precedes conversion—the gospel condemns before it releases. The preaching of John the Baptist condemned thousands because he preached repentance, a turning from their life as they were then living (Matthew 3:2, 8; Luke 3:10-14). Jesus also preached repentance as a necessary prerequisite to salvation (Luke 1:14-15). Peter preached repentance on the day of Pentecost and it brought conviction on those who heard him and 3,000 responded (Acts 2:37-41).

 So we find conviction leads to repentance. And repentance leads to salvation. It takes a cleansing, an empting, before the filling.

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30.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                              January 30, 2015

 Good Morning!

We must come to a place where sin has no place in our lives.

 THE DESIRE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS:

Matthew 5:6a. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:

 I am fully persuaded that unless this Beatitude is fulfilled in someone’s life the Christian Religion will perish from the earth. Unless someone in our Church fulfills this Beatitude in their life, our Church too, shall perish from existence. Unless we as individuals fulfill this Beatitude we will soon cease to be Christian. This is probably the most important Beatitude.

 Jesus speaks of a consuming anxiety for righteousness. Jesus shows us a picture of a person ravenous with hunger, and parched with thirst. Then he tells us when we long for righteousness as much as such a person longs for food and drink then we are among the blessed of the Lord. We can remember when Jesus came into our life and the overwhelming zeal, or desire, we had to serve Him. We saw visions, and dreamed dreams, there was an insatiable thirst for His blessings, a hunger to hear His word, and we sought opportunities to witness.

 But has time taken away the zeal? Has years dulled the edge of our willingness to sacrifice our time and talents? Has life’s responsibilities weighted so heavily on us that we have dropped down from the mountain-top and become content to live on a lower plain? Have we allowed other things to spoil our appetite for the things of God? The other things may not be harmful in themselves but too many times we give so much of our selves to them that they rob us of our hunger and thirst for righteousness.

 The greatest need in our lives is not more money to pay the bills, not more of this world’s goods, not more leisure time, not better health—real happiness, real blessings, only come when we seek after righteousness. We should Hunger and thirst to get back into that old relationship of righteousness in the presence of God.

 Jesus used the words “that do hunger and thirst.” This is about an ongoing situation, a continuous process, uninterrupted in time, keep on hungering, thirsting.

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Exodus   9   10      Matthew   26         

 James & Mary Lee Thornton

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31.                             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                              January 31, 2015

 Good Morning!

To hunger and thirst after righteousness does not mean a passing feeling, a passing desire, it means something that keeps on until it is satisfied.

 SEEK UNTIL SATISFIED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS:

Matthew 5:6a. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 Real hunger is something deep, it is painful. It is something that causes suffering and agony. Hunger or thirst pervades our every thought, our every action. The Psalmist described it, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalms 42:1-2.

 To be hungry is not enough; I must be starving to know what’s in the heart of God for me. When the Prodigal Son was hungry, he went to feed upon husks—but when he was starving he turned to his father. To hunger and thirst really means to be desperate--to be starving—to feel life ebbing out. Happy, happy, blessed, to be congratulated are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.

 “For they shall be filled.” We should strive to be in the right places and doing the right things to receive food for our souls. Blind Bartimaeus could not heal himself—but he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing thru Jericho—so he took his stand on the road where Jesus would pass by him (Luke 18:35-43). Hunger and thirst will make you climb a sycamore tree, or cry out when all try to make you keep quiet. Let’s put ourselves on the road where Jesus is passing. Jesus is very likely to pass through your Church this Sunday—those who are there are likely to be fed.

 To hunger and thirst after righteousness is to crave the fellowship of Godly people, to talk to them, spend some time with them, to keep close to them. That person who hungers and thirst after righteousness will have a desire to read and study God’s Word. Finally, that person who hungers and thirsts after righteousness is a person who meets regularly and constantly with God in prayer. Great men of God gave the best time of their day to God. “In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalms 16:11

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Exodus   11    12    Matthew   27

  James & Mary Lee Thornton

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