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1.       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                      March 1, 2016

 Good Morning!

Let us forget the things that are behind us and press forward with all the talents God blesses us with to reach greater heights in God's work.


Philippians 3:13. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Paul looked forward, always glad that he had reversed his course on the Damascus Road. Sure, some things were easier before he met Christ. Perhaps he was tempted to remember those days when he was a rising star among the Hebrews, dispensing persecution instead of receiving it. But he never looked back.

He was not like the children of Israel who, leaving the slavery of Pharaoh grew discouraged in the wilderness and longed to return to Egyptian rule. He was not like Lot's wife who, having been delivered from Sodom looked back and became a pillar of salt.

We have too many people who have taken steps to follow Christ, but have become enamored once again with the things of the old life. They decide to go backward instead of moving forward in their walk with God.

 Paul's conversion gave him a new direction. It is the same for us. Forget those things that are behind, and press forward toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


Deuteronomy   9  10  11

James & Mary Lee Thornton


2.    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                   March 2, 2016

 Good Morning!

Jesus is the best expositor of Scripture; and even after his resurrection, he led people to know the mystery concerning himself, not by new notions, but by showing how the Scripture was fulfilled, and turning them to the earnest study of it.

 THE CHRIST OF THE OLD TESTAMENT:                                            

Luke 24:14. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.                                                                                27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

 The appearance of Jesus to the two disciples going to Emmaus happened the same day that he rose from the dead. It well becomes the Disciples of Christ to talk together of his death and resurrection; thus they may improve one another's knowledge, refresh one another's memory, and stir up each other's devout affections. And where but two together are well employed in work of that kind, he will come to them, and make a third.

 Christ's disciples are often sad and sorrowful, though Christ is entered into his state of exaltation, yet he notices the sorrows of his disciples, and is afflicted in their afflictions. He shows them that the sufferings of Christ were really the appointed way to his glory; but the cross of Christ was that to which they could not reconcile themselves. Beginning at Moses, the first inspired writer of the Old Testament, Jesus expounded to them the things concerning Himself. We cannot go far in any part of it, but we meet with something that has reference to Christ, some prophecy, some promise, some prayer, some type or other. A golden thread of gospel grace runs through the whole web of the Old Testament.


Deuteronomy   12  13  14

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



3     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                           March 3, 2016

 Good Morning!                                                                                                                  

A few times, to a few people, God has spoken. Not often has it been heard on earth, but always when heard it has spoken in words not soon to be forgotten.


1 Kings 19:12b. But the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice."

What A night of terror, I know of no other man who experienced so many violent acts of nature in one single night; any one of these would have been enough to terrorize any man. All the upheavals of nature were a reflection of the conflict within the heart of Elijah. How many of us have had, or are having, such conflicts? The uproar in nature was succeeded by a solemn calm; and as Elijah waited for the next marvelous display of Divine Power, "A Still Small Voice" broke the silence. The "Still Small Voice," which only a listening man can hear, was more divine and more mighty than all Elijah had witnessed before.

We must be in a receptive mood to hear from God. Of what particular kind of sound "The Still Small Voice" consisted, whether articulate or otherwise, we do not know; but one thing is evident, it spoke louder to Elijah than all the previous storm and terror. No sooner does Elijah hear the whisper that indicates a special presence, then he wrapped his face in his mantle, and, like Moses, he "trembled, and durst not behold (dared not to look)."

Let us note the difference in the bearing and demeanor of Elijah when he came to stand in the presence of Jehovah, as when he came before Ahab and the prophets of Baal. How stern he was with Ahab, how overbearing and commanding he was with the prophets of Baal. But when He stood in the presence of "The Lord God of Israel" (1 Kings 17:1), he was the humble servant, the perfect picture of reverence, even to the point of covering his eyes.

 GOD RECOMMISSIONS ELIJAH AGAIN:                                                                                                     

The world can, at any season, spare its Ahab's and Jezebels, but never, and especially at a crisis, can it spare its Elijah's.


Deuteronomy   15  16  17

James & Mary Lee Thornton



 4     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion               March 4, 2016

 Good Morning!

Do not get "failing" and "failure" confused. Failing is nothing more than the back door to success.


2 Timothy 4:11. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

 One of the most unusual set of circumstances in the New Testament is that surrounding Mark, the cousin of Apostle Barnabas. Paul and Barnabas took the young Mark with them on a missionary trip, but he returned home before the end of the trip for reasons not revealed in scripture. Whatever Mark's reasons, Paul apparently thought they were unjustified since he refused to take Mark along on a subsequent trip (Acts 15:38).

 Did Mark fail at being a missionary? Judging Paul's response, it would appear he did. While the New King James Version of the Bible says Mark "departed from Paul and Barnabas, the word probably is closer to "deserted"--- a more negative connotation.  It is probably reasonable to conclude that Mark did fail at being a missionary. But did that make him a permanent failure? Apparently not, for the same apostle, Paul, who was so disappointed in Mark, counted him a valuable coworker in ministry later in his life (2 Timothy 4:11).

 This is a perfect example of how to succeed at failing: fall, and get up, and continue on. The next time you fail, make sure failure is a temporary experience, not a permanent label.


Deuteronomy   18  19

James & Mary Lee Thornton



 6    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion           March 5 & 6, 2016

 Good Morning!

Faith that throws in the towel today will not have a towel to wave in victory tomorrow.


Job 19:26. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 

 The story of a famous man reads like this: Chapter 1, he is wealthy and prosperous; chapter 2, he loses everything (even his children and his health); and chapter 42, he is more prosperous than in chapter one. Would not you like to know what happened from chapter 3 through 41?

Is so, you should read the story of Job, that prosperous patriarch of the Old Testament who had it all, lost it all, and got it all back in the end--doubled. You will be blessed by reading his story in Scripture, but here is the word that summarized Job's return to prosperity: determination.

 When Job lost everything, everyone around him tried to convince him to give up on God and give up on himself. But Job had a determined faith--he knew God was just and fair. He was not about to give up on God or throw in the towel on his own faith just because he was stuck in a place he did not understand. In the end, God met with Job, explained as much as he needed to know, and restored his health, family, and fortune.

 If you are stuck in a place you do not understand right now, do not give up---on God or yourself. God has the answers to every problem or situation in our lives.


Deuteronomy   20  21

Deuteronomy   22  23

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion              March 7, 2016

 Good Morning!

Let us remember that the Lord will make a way when there seems to be no way. He is both Guard and Guide and will supply our needs if we will trust him.


Exodus 14:19. And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 20. And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 

It was the Lord Himself---a pillar of fire--who ushered the Israelites through the Red Sea. His presence cast darkness on the Egyptians but light on the children of Israel. What a perfect description of our Lord Jesus who gives light to those who trust Him; but to those who reject Him, utter darkness. He comforts the one and confounds the other. He is a Savior to the one and a Judge to the other.

 For His children, God is both guard and guide. He precedes us and protects us. He is simultaneously our Shepherd and shield. He is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the One who goes before and the One who goes behind, gathering up our debris and our failures. Blessing us, and leaving a blessing behind us for others.

 When you feel the enemy on your heels, remember that God who is a Pillar of Fire goes with you. He is a very present help in time of trouble.


Deuteronomy   27  28

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



8     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion          March 8, 2016

 Good Morning!

What does Christ mean to you? When you consider His Person, His Work, and His Words, are you struck by the depth and complexity, the richness, and incalculable beauty of who He is?


Psalm 9:10. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

In the Bible a person's name was not just his identification but his description. It should not surprise us, then, that the greatest person in the Scriptures--Jesus Christ--would have scores of names, for He Himself is indescribable.

The Old Testament contains a number of names and compound names for God which reveals Him in His character and dealings with mankind, such as Jehovah (God of Righteousness and Holiness And Love), El-Shaddai (The Almighty), Elohim (Creator), Lord (Supreme Ruler), Shepherd (Leader and Protector), Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince Of Peace. All these, and many more, we must remember, were only descriptive titles, his name remained a secret (Judges 13:18), until the angel Gabriel appeared unto Mary (Matthew 1:21).

 In the New Testament He is the Nazarene, Emanuel, (God with us), The Dayspring from on High, the King of the Jews, the King of Glory, the King of Kings, He is the Son of Man and Son of God. He is the Chief Cornerstone, the Good Shepherd, the Living Bread, and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. He is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. He is our High Priest, our First Love, and our Wonderful Counselor. He is the Mighty God. He is a Man of Sorrows, our Sure Foundation, and the Shadow of a Mighty Rock in a Weary Land. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, The Hope of Glory, the Bishop of Souls, and yet remember these also are only descriptive titles. His Name Is Jesus.

He is our Lord Jesus Christ who deserves all our awe and adoration. He is the God of the Old Testament as well as the God of the New Testament. His Name Is Jesus.


Deuteronomy  29  30 31

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion          March 9, 2016

 Good Morning!

God's light shines with equal brilliance on everyone that desires to be used in His Service. Let us take every opportunity to be a Soul Winner.


Acts 9:3. And as he (Paul) journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 6. And he (Paul) trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

 If you could see the Lord Jesus right now, how would He appear? When Saul of Tarsus saw Him, He radiated light so bright that it blinded the eyes of the future apostle. At the time, of course, Saul was a zealous enemy of the church, traveling to Damascus to harass Christians; but Jesus appeared to him and changed his life. The blinded Saul was saved, healed, and appointed to preach the Gospel he had previously sought to destroy.

 Our experience with Jesus Christ may not seem as dramatic--but it is. Perhaps we were not actually blinded when we came to Christ, but we did pass from darkness to light. Perhaps we did not see Him physically, but we see Him now by faith. We may not become famous apostles, but we can be faithful servants. There are no little testimonies. The light of the Lord Jesus shines with equal brilliance on all.

 Every Christian has experienced life from death, light from above, and changes from within. It is enough to make us want to shout and sing that old Hymn: "Praise the Lord I saw the light!"

 If we let our light shine forth for Jesus, we can become a Lighthouse for a Lost Soul.  


Deuteronomy    32  33  34

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



10    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion            March 10, 2016

 Good Morning!

True repentance for any sin will be shown by the contrary grace and duty that is a sign of our sorrowing not only bitterly, but sincerely.


Matthew 26:35. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. 58. But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. 72. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.73. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. 74.  Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. 75. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

 Peter's sin is truly related, for the Scriptures deal faithfully. Bad company leads to sin: those who needlessly thrust themselves into it may expect to be tempted and in-snared, as Peter. They scarcely can come out of such company without guilt or grief, or both. It is a great fault to be shy of Christ; and to dissemble our knowledge of him, when we are called to own him, is, in effect, to deny him. Peter's sin was aggravated; but he fell into the sin by surprise, not as Judas, with design. But conscience should be to us as the crowing of the cock, to put us in mind of the sins we had forgotten. Peter was thus left to fall, to abate his self-confidence, and render him more modest, humble, compassionate, and useful to others. The event has taught believers many things ever since, and if infidels, Pharisees, and hypocrites stumble at it or abuse it, it is at their peril. Little do we know how we should act in very difficult situations, if we were left to ourselves.

 Let him, therefore, “that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall;” let us all distrust our own hearts, and rely wholly on the Lord. Peter wept bitterly. Sorrow for sin must not be slight, but great and deep. Peter, who wept so bitterly for denying Christ, never denied him again, but confessed him often in the face of danger.


Joshua   1  2  3  4

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



11    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion            March 11, 2016

 Good Morning!

It is not hard to believe and trust in God when things are going great in your life, is it? But what about the times that is devastating, when everything seems to be going wrong?


Genesis 42:36. And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

 True grief may arise from false intelligence and suppositions. In 2 Samuel 13:31-36 David was told all his sons were dead when in truth only one was dead. Jacob gives up Joseph for gone, and Simeon and Benjamin as being in danger; and he concludes, “all these things are against me.” It proved otherwise, that all these were for him were working together for his good and the good of his family: yet here he thinks them all against him. Through our ignorance and mistake, and the weakness of our faith, we often apprehend something to be against us which is really for us. We are afflicted in body, estate, name, and relations; and we think all these things are against us, whereas these are really working for us the weight of glory.

 Is that when you ask how a loving God could let something like this happen? I have had times like this and I have found perspective and hope for my own circumstances from the life of Daniel. God has taught His people from day one that if He is obeyed He will bless. From his teenage years through his old age we can see how God directed Daniel’s life. He was captured as a teenager, his captors tried to brain wash him, he was given a new name and forced to learn a new language and culture, forced into slavery. Daniel 1:8 says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat.”

 If Daniel had looked at his circumstances and decided what God was like he would have been disillusioned, confused and very angry. But Daniel kept his eyes on God and His promises and he came through his circumstances victorious. Read the story in the book of Daniel, it is a fascinating, true story that will encourage you, give you hope and show you how to be successful through your own trials.


Joshua  5  6  7  8

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



12  13   God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion     March 12 & 13, 2016

 Good Morning!

Pessimism is a sin, and those who yield to it cripple themselves for the battle of light over darkness.


Psalms 116:11. I said in my haste, all men are liars.

 Swindled, betrayed, persecuted, David, in a sudden outburst of emotion and contemptuous speech and behavior in his rage insulted the human race. David himself was wrong when he said, “All men are liars.” He apologizes and says he was unusually provoked, and that he was hasty when he hurled such universal denunciations. It was in his case only a momentary triumph of pessimism. Yet there are many who never extract themselves from that pit. They declare that all men are liars, scoundrels, thieves, libertines. They would rather believe evil than good. They would like to be on a committee to find something wrong.

 Pessimism says of the Church, “The majority of members are hypocrites.” “Nobody is living right.” “The Church will fail in her cause.” We excuse David of the text for his momentary lapse into distrust and pessimism, because he apologizes for it. I take the risk of saying that the majority of people in the Church are doing the best they can. If the theory of the pessimist was accurate, society would have long ago have gone to pieces, and civilization would have been submerged with barbarism, and the wheel of the centuries would have turned back to the dark ages.

I read John’s picture in Revelation of triumph, of white horse cavalry, and tears being wiped away, trumpets blown, saints redeemed. While there are ten thousand things we do not like, I have not seen in all my years, any reason to lose hope in the triumph of the cause of Christ. The Kingdom is coming, the Church is preparing to put on bridal array. “Joy to the world, the Lord is coming.”


Joshua   9  10  11

Joshua   12  13  14

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



14   God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion        March 14, 2016

 Good Morning!

We may have reason to thank God that we are not as some men are, that are notoriously wicked and vile; but to speak at random thus, as if we only were good, and all besides us were reprobates, is to judge by wholesale.


Luke 18:11. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Here is not one word of prayer in all he said. He went up to the temple to pray, but forgot his errand, he was so full of himself and his own goodness that he thought he had need of nothing, not even of the favor and grace of God, which, it would seem, he did not think worth asking for.

 One of the terrible possibilities suggested by the Pharisee’s attitude in prayer is this: A person can be religious and not be right. This man’s religion became the cause of his ruin. He did everything right from a religious perspective—in fact, more than right! His problem was that he had totally excluded God from the picture of his life. His religion was all about him.

 Every Sunday, people attend houses of worship with other worshipers. They sing hymns, recite liturgies, pray prayers, and listen to sermons. And they will leave feeling better about themselves than when they went in. Unfortunately, they will still be deeply rooted in their sins. If our religion does nothing more than make us feel better about our sin, then that religion has doomed us, not saved us.

 The Pharisee was a religious man who was lost in his religion. Along with everything else we learn in this story, we learn about the dangers of religious pride. And that doesn’t mean we are to go to a church where we leave feeling bad. It means we are to leave feeling good about the Savior whose mercy has saved us from our sins. We leave feeling good about God’s justification, not our own.


Joshua   15  16  17  18

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



15      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion           March 15, 2016

 Good Morning!

The Bible promises spiritual blessings for those willing to work and support the ministry of the Church.


3 John 1:2. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 The above verse contains a revealing concept: prospering in all things as your soul prospers. As I was studying this verse, I began to wonder what it would be like if one Sunday everyone arrived at church in the same physical condition that their souls were in. That is, our outward manifestation of “prosperity” would be in direct correlation to the prosperity of our souls.

 It might be a very interesting sight! How would you arrive if that happened? In a wheelchair? On crutches? Would you need assistance getting in the door? Or would you arrive in fine shape, physically fit, because your soul was in such fine condition? John knew that Gaius was a Godly man, so he did not hesitate to pray that he prospered in all things in the same way his soul prospered.

If the church is going to accomplish all it is supposed to, we need many more vigorous workers than we have now. We need people who are willing, like Gaius, to play a supporting role, empowering others in their spiritual walk. The Bible promises spiritual blessings for those willing to work in such a way.


Joshua   19  20  21

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



16     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion        March 16, 2016

 Good Morning!

Heaven will surely be more than anyone of us can imagine. There will be fellowship with our friends and family and time to worship and praise the Lord for all of his benefits to us.


Revelation 15:3. They sing … the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O king of the saints!”

 We will never get bored! We will sing. Those who could never carry a tune on earth will be able to sing in heaven and never grow weary of exalting the name of the King of Kings. In heaven we will serve perfectly, enabled by the power that is able to conform all things to the pleasure of God’s sovereign will. We will share unbroken fellowship with angels, members of the church, God the Father, Jesus, and the spirits of just men made perfect.

 Never again will we have to say good-bye to a loved one or give a farewell party. Through our resurrected bodies, we will have instant access to each other at all times.

 God has different things for different people to do. God made each of us unique with a special ministry and a responsibility. Each of us in our own right is peerless in what God has called us to do. There are many distinct groups in heaven, all unique in their responsibility before God.

 When we get to heaven we are going to praise God perfectly. All of heaven will be filled with music. Through out eternity worship will be our privileged occupation.


Joshua  22  23  24

James & Mary Lee Thornton




 17     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion         March 17, 2016

 Good Morning!

We should all be so thankful for the price Jesus paid for us on Calvary and never forget that he came out of the grave just as he told his Disciples that he would do.


Luke 24:46. It was necessary for Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name.               

 History is replete with those who have had delusions of grandeur about themselves. Some have even been willing to die for their cause. But, like all men, they were defeated by death. If we dug up their graves, we would find their dead bodies. But that’s what makes Jesus unique. He predicted His death, predicted His burial, and prophesied that He would come out of the grave victorious over death. Three days after His death, He did just that.

 The Scriptures record it. All who have tried to disprove it have been defeated. Scientists, determined to destroy the Christian faith, have been unable, and many skeptics and atheists have been brought to faith after studying the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is one of the most thoroughly documented events in the world’s history.

 Through the Death of Jesus Christ we are redeemed, and through His blood our sin atoned, but all of that is meaningless if he did not come out of the grave. Christ’s resurrection validated what He did on the cross.


Judges  1  2  3

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



  18    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion           March 18, 2016

 Good Morning!

The most cheerful duty, the greatest diligence, the most constant perseverance, becomes those who have such glorious hopes. Can we too much abound in zeal and diligence in the Lord’s work, when we are assured of such abundant recompenses in a future life?


1 Corinthians 15:58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.                        

The greatest encouragement man will ever know is the giving of Jesus Christ to our world. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus has written the word hope in every heart. Because He lives, we too shall live. Because He was victorious over death, our future is bright.

 As we consider the encouragement of Christ’s resurrection, we should respond in two definite acts of love. Both of these responses are illustrated for each of us by the great apostle Paul. They are recorded in the last two verses of 1 Corinthians 15, the Bible’s great resurrection chapter.

 First, we should express our gratitude to our Father in heaven: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

 And second, we should do as Paul did—use the truth of Christ’s resurrection to encourage others: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

 Do not let your belief of these truths be shaken or staggered. They are most certain, and of the utmost importance.


Judges  4  5  6

 James & Mary Lee Thornton




 19  20  God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion       March 19 & 20, 2016

 Good Morning!

Sin would still have lain upon us, and had dominion over us; but Jesus Christ by one sacrifice has made an end of sin, and has destroyed the works of the devil.


John 11:25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. 26. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” 

 The King of kings came into the world humbly. He was born in a stable, His cradle a feed trough. In His thirty-three years of earthly life, He owned no possessions. He had to depend on others to provide for His needs, and He had to borrow everything He used. The stable where He was born was borrowed. He borrowed money to pay His taxes, a boat to stand in and preach, and a cross on which to die. Even His tomb was not His own.

 Jesus had a mission that He alone could accomplish: He, the Son of Man, came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He bore our sins “in His own body on the tree” that in the age to come we might have eternal life (1 Peter 2:24, Mark 10:29–30, and John 3:13–17). Of Himself He says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25–26).

 He “put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself … so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.… We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 9:26; 10:10). He will then appear without sin; at His first appearance, though He had no sin of his own, yet He stood charged with the sins of many; He was the Lamb of God that bore upon Him the sins of the world, then He appeared in the form of sinful flesh; but His second appearance will be without any such charge upon Him, He having fully discharged it before, and then His visage shall not be marred, but shall be exceedingly glorious.


Judges  7  8

Judges   9  10

 James & Mary Lee Thornton




  21    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                March 21, 2016

 Good Morning!

Whoever betrays Christ, or His truths or ways, it is Satan that causes them to do it.


Luke 22: 3. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

 Judas is here said to be of the number of the twelve that dignified distinguished number. One would wonder that Christ who knew all men, should take a traitor into that number, and that one of that number, who could not but know Christ, should be so base as to betray Him; but Christ had wise and holy ends in taking Judas to be a disciple, and how Judas, who knew Christ so well, yet came to betray Him, we are here told: Satan entered into Judas (Luke 22:3) It was the devil’s work, who thought hereby to ruin Christ’s undertaking of redemption.

Judas would betray Christ to them, would bring them to a place where they might seize him without danger of tumult, and this they would be glad of. They must give him a sum of money for doing it, and this he would be glad of (Luke 22:5): “They covenanted to give him money.” When the bargain was made, Judas sought opportunity to betray him.

 Somehow or other, in a little time he gained the advantage he sought, and fixed the time and place where it might be done, in the absence of the multitude, and without tumult. Particular notice is taken, in a parenthesis that Judas stood with them (John 18:5). He that used to stand with those that followed Christ now stood with those that fought against him. This describes an apostate; he is one that changes sides. He joins himself with those with whom his heart always was, and with whom he shall have his lot in the judgment day. (Acts 1:25)


Judges   11  12  13

 James & Mary Lee Thornton




 22     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion         March 22, 2016

 Good Morning!

Let us never forget the Sufferings of Jesus that we might have healing for both soul and body.


John 19:1. Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 2. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3. And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. .

 The judge abuses the prisoner, though he declares him innocent, He ordered him to be whipped as a criminal, that is, he appointed the lictors that attended him to do it. The Roman scourging were ordinarily very severe, not limited, as among the Jews, to forty stripes; yet this pain and shame Christ submitted to for our sakes that the scripture might be fulfilled, which spoke of his being stricken, smitten, and afflicted, and the chastisement of our peace being upon him (Isaiah 53:5), of his giving his back to the smiters (Isaiah 50:6), of the ploughers ploughing upon his back, (Psalms 129:3).

 He himself likewise had foretold it, (Matthew 20:19; Mark 10:34; Luke 18:33). That by his stripes we might be healed, (1 Peter 2:4). We deserved to have been chastised with whips and scorpions, and beaten with many stripes, having known our Lord’s will and not done it; but Christ underwent the stripes for us, bearing the rod of his Father’s wrath (Lamentations 3:1).

 The crown of thorns we can more easily identify with. Who of us at some time or other has not been stuck by a thorn? The pain associated with a small prick is not compared with the excruciating pain of the crown of thorns pushed down upon his head. The humiliation by the soldiers is told to let us know how low that human nature can sink. All this was done that the scriptures might be fulfilled.


Judges   14  15  16

 James & Mary Lee Thornton




  23    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion          March 23, 2016

 Good Morning!

The Apostle Paul established the certainty of our Savior’s resurrection.


1 Corinthians 15:3. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5. And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6. After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 1 Corinthians 15:3.

 The resurrection of Jesus was confirmed by the testimony of many eye witnesses, who saw Christ after he had risen from the dead. Five times Christ was seen the same day that he rose. By Mary Magdalene alone in the garden (John 20:14), by the women as they were going to tell the disciples (Matthew 28:9), by Peter alone, by the two disciples going to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32), and that night by the eleven (Luke 24:36-49). The great evidence of his resurrection was that he showed himself alive to his apostles.

 Jesus did not appear to any of those who were responsible for his crucifixion. Why did he not appear to Pilate to show him the certainty of his kingdom? Why did he not appear to Caiaphas and the rest of the Jewish counsel that were so demanding for his death? Why not to the soldiers who derided him and pierced his side? Surely this would have been proof positive if all those to have seen him.

 But, no, He appeared to His own that they alone might be a witness of his resurrection. But the day will come when all those who gathered together against him that day will see Him in all His glory, with all the Holy Angels, as He comes to gather his own from the four-corners of the earth.


Judges    17  18  19 

 James & Mary Lee Thornton




24     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion          March 24, 2016

 Good Morning!

The Apostles quickly filled up of the vacancy that was made in the Sacred College by the transgression and death of Judas, by the electing of Matthias in his place.


Acts 1:25. That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.


Sometimes we mistakenly think that the early church was somehow more "spiritual" than we are today. But the book of Acts tells us plainly that they had problems and setbacks too. Outside of the crucifixion of Jesus, probably no other situation was harder for the disciples to deal with than the fall of Judas. He had been ordained to be an Apostle, ordained to preach the Gospel, and given power over devils and disease. And yet he backslid and betrayed the Lord into the hands of the Sanhedrin. What a setback for the church!

 But we do not see the disciples giving up or getting discouraged! Instead, they resolutely rise above their heartache and move beyond a terrible trial to embrace their future in God. Micah 7:8. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

 Let us rise above our past, our problems and our perplexities, and go beyond to a place that we have never been before! It is comfortable to us, in our prayers for the welfare of the church and its ministers, that the God to whom we pray knows the hearts of all men, and has them not only under his eye, but in his hand, and turns them which way so ever he will, and can make them fit for his purpose,


Judges   20  21

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



25   God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion      March 25, 2016

 Good Morning!

Webster defines sanctuary as “sacred, a holy place, as a building set aside for worship, a place of refuge or protection.” In the New Testament we are told that our bodies are the temples of God. We are to live as a sanctuary of His presence.


Psalm 68:35 (NIV). You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people. Praise be to God!

 Many Christians make the mistake of thinking that, just because they are believers in Christ, just because they read the Bible, just because they have the Holy Spirit living in them, they should be immune from the trials and pressures of this earthly life. Doctors’ and counselors’ offices are filled with sincere Christians who find it difficult, if not impossible, to maintain peace and perspective in a stress-filled world.

 When Jesus was ready to go back to heaven, He gave one assignment to the apostles. He said, “Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Making disciples is one thing, but being a disciple is quite another without the next words He spoke: “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world” (v. 20). God is with us! We celebrate that truth when we call Him “Immanuel.” It means “God with us.” Not God somewhere beyond the stars, but God here with us, encouraging us, ministering to us, helping us.

 In times when we’re tempted, we understand He is here, and it brings us up short in our conduct. And in times when we have difficulties in life, we know that we don’t go through them by ourselves. His consistent message through the whole Bible is that He will be with us. Because God is with us, we are His Sanctuary and He is our Refuge.


Ruth   1  2

 James & Mary Lee Thornton



 26   27  God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion     March 26 & 27, 2016

 Good Morning!

Every minister and saint continues to love his Master in the measure of his secret devotion, reading of the Holy Scripture, and his prayerfulness.


Acts 20:28. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 Time alone would etch the faces of the Elders of Ephesus, but in church leadership more than time ages one. There would be grievous wolves coming in among the flock, not sparing any of them. (Acts 20:29) There would be divisions, one pulling one way, one pulling another. But despite these warnings, the Church would survive another 35 years. The angel (so to call him) had grown gray in his leadership. He felt the day not far distant when he would be able to lay down his office forever.

 His office was just, "to feed the flock of God," as Paul describes it (Acts 20:28), or as James puts it, “To visit the fatherless and widows (of Ephesus, Nashville, St. Louis, Houston, Berlin, Woodbury, or your city) in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27b).  

Then one day the Elder (Angel) Of Ephesus received the letter from God (Revelation 2:1). Now there is nothing so sweet, whether among men or Angels, as to be appreciated, and praised by Almighty God. The heart of the old minister of Ephesus was made so glad as he began to read the letter. God began the letter by showing His appreciation and praise of his servant.

Then God delivers a condemning charge against the minister. "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee,.." (Revelation 2:4a.) "somewhat," as if it were a very small matter, scarcely worth mentioning. Then comes the shock of this "somewhat." "Thou hast left thy first love" (Revelation 2:4b). There is not one moments doubt when, and where this took place. His first love began to fail and fall away in the time and at the place of secret prayer, as does every man’s. It was his habitual and long continued neglect of secret prayer that brought this rebuke from his Master. That is where the falling away begins in every person’s life.


Ruth   3  4

1 Samuel   1  2

 James & Mary Lee Thornton




28    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion       March 28, 2016

 Good Morning!

In one glorious night, Israel was set free from bondage and servitude.


Exodus 12:42, It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

This is the night of Israel’s birth. Before this night they were a large family, a group of slaves. After this night they were a Nation on the rise. They would be a nation, which would affect every person born into this world.

That night Jehovah stood guard to protect Israel. Therefore, Israel must guard the memory of this night. It was the beginning of a history that shall flow with a continuous current till time shall end. That stream shall carry life and blessing to all nations of the earth. God Himself appeared on the earth on behalf of an enslaved and despised race, and brought them from the house of bondage to take their place among the great historical nations. As suddenly as the sunrise a nation was born.

The Hebrews, in all their wanderings, and dispersions, are Hebrews still. The descendants of the 3 ½ million people, who marched out of Egypt that night, may be found on all the continents, and in all the great cities of the earth. That nation, born under God in a night, has been the teacher and leader of the human race. Their laws, their sacred principals of morality, their God given faith, the character of their great men, exert more influence upon the minds of men today than all the other nations of antiquity put together. The birth-night of the Hebrew nation was the great era of ancient times.

Our lesson from this, Jesus Christ came to set us free from the bondage of sin. In one glorious moment, It does not take all night, We can be released from the chains that bind, and come forth into the glorious liberty with God’s people. Jesus said, "He hath sent me… to preach deliverance to the captive.… to set at liberty them that are bruised" Luke 4:18.


1 Samuel  3  4  5

 James & Mary Lee Thornton




29    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion        March 29, 2016

 Good Morning!

Know that all your difficulties are within God’s purpose and thank Him for His available power and promises.


Philippians 4:6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 Paul said not to worry, but he does not leave us there. He helps us fill the vacuum by directing us toward positive steps: right praying, right thinking, and right action. The best way to eliminate a bad habit is to replace it with a good one, and few habits are as bad as worrying. The foremost way to avoid it is through prayer. Right thinking and action are the next logical steps, but it all begins with prayer.

 Paul said, “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (v. 6). This teaching tells us how to pray with gratitude. The Greek terms Paul used refer to specific petitions made to God in the midst of difficulty. Instead of praying to God with feelings of doubt, discouragement or discontent, we are to approach Him with a thankful attitude before we utter even one word. We can do that with sincerity when we realize that God promises not to allow anything to happen to us that will be too much for us to bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). And He promised to work out everything for our good in the end (Romans 8:28), and to “perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish” us in the midst of our suffering (1 Peter 5:10). These are key principles for living the Christian life. Go beyond memorizing them to letting them be the grid through which you automatically interpret all that happens to you.  


1 Samuel   6  7  8

 James & Mary Lee Thornton




30     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion       March 30, 2016

 Good Morning!

God’s regenerating grace creates a New World in the soul; all things are new.


2 Corinthians 5.17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

 The world tells us to be kind to those who are kind to us, to love those who love us and to forgive only the ones who have paid for their mistakes. This is not allowable for Christians. We are told to take up our cross daily. This world’s plan is the actions of the old nature. As Christians we have a new nature. This is by the authority and the strength of Jesus Christ. We can face any problem and bear it with joy because the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Please do not misunderstand me, I am not saying that the old nature is completely gone, it's ugly self-centered head pops up daily. What I am saying is that we now have the authority and the ability to not give into it. We do not have to walk in the lie of the old nature, we can walk in our new nature by the strength of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As God is willing to be reconciled (to re-establish a close relationship) to us, we ought to be reconciled to God. And it is the great end and design of the gospel, that word of reconciliation, to prevail upon sinners to lay aside their enmity against God. He beseeches sinners to lay aside their enmity, and accept Him in the terms He offers. God wants sinners to be reconciled to Him, to all His attributes, to all His laws, and to all His providence's, to believe in the Mediator, to accept the atonement, and comply with His gospel, in all the parts of it and in the whole design of it.



 1 Samuel   9  10  11

 James & Mary Lee Thornton




31    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion         March 31, 2016

 Good Morning!

God’s peace is a sovereign, gracious gift bestowed on those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.


2 Thessalonians 3:16. (NJKV) May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. 18. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 

 This is a prayer any anxious Christian would love someone to have prayed on his or her behalf. Peace is commonly defined as the sense of calm, tranquility, quietness, bliss, contentment, and well being that we feel when everything is going the way we would like it to go. That definition, however, is incomplete because that feeling can also be produced by a pill or by alcohol, biofeedback, a nap, a generous inheritance, or even deliberate deception. The reassurance of a friend or someone you love whispering sweet nothings into your ear can also produce that kind of peace.

 That is not the kind of peace Paul had in mind. Godly peace has nothing to do with human beings or human circumstances. In fact, it cannot be produced on a human level at all. Any peace that can is very fragile. It can be destroyed instantly by failure, doubt, fear, difficulty, guilt, shame, distress, regret, sorrow, the anxiety of making a wrong choice, the anticipation of being mistreated or victimized by someone, the uncertainty of the future, and any challenge to our position or possessions. We experience these things daily. 

 The peace that God gives is not subject to the vicissitudes of life. It is a spiritual peace; it is an attitude of heart and mind when we believe and thus know deep down that all is well between ourselves and God. Along with it is the assurance that He is lovingly in control of everything. We as Christians should know for sure that our sins are forgiven, that God is concerned with our well being, and that heaven is our destiny. God’s peace is our possession and privilege by divine right.

The Lord of peace is the One who gives it. The pronoun Himself is emphatic in the Greek text and underscores God’s personal involvement. Christian peace, the peace unique to Christians, comes personally from Him. It is the very essence of His nature. There is no greater gift for the anxious heart than God’s peace.


1 Samuel   12  13

 James & Mary Lee Thornton   


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