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10-04-17 Loved One’s Devotion THINGS TO THINK ON AND DO…

10-04-17 Loved One’s Devotion THINGS TO THINK ON AND DO…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayREJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS; again, I will say, REJOICE! Let your gentle spirit be known TO ALL MEN.

In this world where there is so much selfishness and cruelty, being of a gentile spirit with rejoicing is a rarity to experience

THE LORD IS NEAR. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God. (Phil. 4:4-12)

Being full of worry is an indication of a lack of trust and we are instructed to trust in the Lord with ALL OUR HEART! And he will DIRECT OUR PATHS!!! (Pro. 3: 5-6) Worry, NO! So, how do we occupy our minds? What is true, honorable, right and pure

Practice these things and…

THE PEACE OF GOD, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] in everything by PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

 

THINGS TO THINK ON AND DO…

THINGS TO THINK ON AND DO…

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS; again, I will say, REJOICE! Let your gentle spirit be known TO ALL MEN.

In this world where there is so much selfishness and cruelty, being of a gentile spirit with rejoicing is a rarity to experience

THE LORD IS NEAR. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God.

Our Abba Father is very anxious to hear from us, do not be full of worry – give all it to God!

And the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all comprehension, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS in Christ Jesus.

Being full of worry is an indication of a lack of trust and we are instructed to trust in the Lord with ALL OUR HEART! And he will DIRECT OUR PATHS!!! (Pro. 3: 5-6)

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything, worthy of praise, DWELL ON THESE THINGS.

Worry, NO! So, how do we occupy our minds? What is true, honorable, right and pure

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, PRACTICE THESE THINGS, and THE GOD OF PEACE WILL BE WITH YOU. (Phil. 4:4-12)

Practice these things and…

THE PEACE OF GOD, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS!

-Bill Stockham

10-03-17 Loved One’s Devotion THAT I MAY KNOW HIM…

10-03-17 Loved One’s Devotion THAT I MAY KNOW HIM…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“…whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I COUNT EVERYTHING AS LOSS because of the SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING CHRIST Jesus my Lord…

Paul considered everything to be nothing compared to knowing Christ Jesus our Lord. That the supreme advantage of knowing Christ and increasingly becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, is more valuable than anything else one could ever possess!

that I may know him and the POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:7-11)

Not only are we filled with the righteousness of God but we also intimately know the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and IT IS ALL IN US!!!

THANK YOU FOR THE SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “I COUNT EVERYTHING AS LOSS because of the SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING CHRIST!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

 

THAT I MAY KNOW HIM…

THAT I MAY KNOW HIM…

“…whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I COUNT EVERYTHING AS LOSS because of the SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING CHRIST Jesus my Lord…

Paul considered everything to be nothing compared to knowing Christ Jesus our Lord. That the supreme advantage of knowing Christ and increasingly becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, is more valuable than anything else one could ever possess!

For his sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may GAIN CHRIST AND BE FOUND IN HIM

Everything else is rubbish (garbage) compared to an intimate relationship with Jesus!

not having a righteousness of my own, but that which comes THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST, the righteousness FROM GOD that depends on faith…

Our righteousness comes from God Himself, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IN US by faith…

that I may know him and the POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:7-11)

Not only are we filled with the righteousness of God but we also intimately know the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and it’s all in us!!!

THANK YOU FOR THE SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

-Bill Stockham

10-02-17 Loved One’s Devotion PROTECTION ALL AROUND…

10-02-17 Loved One’s Devotion PROTECTION ALL AROUND…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“When the servant of the man of God got up…an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “THOSE WHO ARE WITH US ARE MORE THAN THOSE WHO ARE WITH THEM.” And Elisha prayed, “OPEN HIS EYES, LORD, SO THAT HE MAY SEE.” The LORD opened the servant’s eyes, he SAW THE HILLS FULL OF HORSES AND CHARIOTS OF FIRE ALL AROUND ELISHA.” (2 Kings 6:15-17)

[Our wonderful, awesome Abba Father, provides divine protection ALL AROUND those who ‘fear’ him]

“Then THE ANGEL OF THE LORD went out and put to death A HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE THOUSAND IN THE ASSYRIAN CAMP.”  (Isa. 37:36)

[In the records of the Assyrians, it is written that they had Jerusalem surrounded and King Sennacherib was ready to have Jerusalem ‘crushed’ and THAT WAS THE END OF THEIR RECORD, God destroyed the Assyrians, and protected His people. That is THE SAME GOD we serve today!!!]

“Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ …YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS THAT YOU NEED THEM. But SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU AS WELL.” (Matt. 6:30-33)

[Oh Lord, please help our unbelief today! Reveal to us the UTMOST IMPORTANCE of seeking first your kingdom and your righteousness, knowing that you will protect us and provide for us!!!]

WE MUST SEEK FIRST YOUR KINGDOM AND YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, THEN BELIEVE!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU…”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

 

PROTECTION ALL AROUND…

PROTECTION ALL AROUND…

 “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “THOSE WHO ARE WITH US ARE MORE THAN THOSE WHO ARE WITH THEM.” And Elisha prayed, “OPEN HIS EYES, LORD, SO THAT HE MAY SEE.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and SAW THE HILLS FULL OF HORSES AND CHARIOTS OF FIRE ALL AROUND ELISHA.” (2 Kings 6:15-17)

[Our wonderful, awesome Abba Father, provides divine protection ALL AROUND those who ‘fear’ him]

“The angel of the LORD ENCAMPS AROUND THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, AND HE DELIVERS THEM.” (Psa. 34:7)

[Though God’s power is sufficient to watch over us, yet because of our weakness He appoints His angels to watch over us! Is one angel enough?]

“Then THE ANGEL OF THE LORD went out and put to death A HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE THOUSAND IN THE ASSYRIAN CAMP. When the people got up the next morning–there were all the dead bodies!” (Isa. 37:36)

[In the records of the Assyrians, it is written that they had Jerusalem surrounded and King Sennacherib was ready to have Jerusalem ‘crushed’ and THAT WAS THE END OF THEIR RECORD, God destroyed the Assyrians, and protected His people. That is THE SAME GOD we serve today!!!]

“Therefore, this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria: “HE WILL NOT ENTER THIS CITY OR SHOOT AN ARROW HERE. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it.” (Isa. 37:33)

[We have a loving and compassionate Abba Father who can do WHATEVER needs to be done to protect and keep us!]

“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith? So, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ …YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS THAT YOU NEED THEM. But SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU AS WELL.” (Matt. 6:30-33)

[Oh Lord, please help our unbelief today! Reveal to us the UTMOST IMPORTANCE of seeking first your kingdom and your righteousness!!!]

WE MUST SEEK FIRST YOUR KINGDOM AND YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, THEN BELIEVE!

-Bill Stockham

10-01-17 Loved One’s Devotion JESUS EMPTIED HIMSELF…

10-01-17 Loved One’s Devotion JESUS EMPTIED HIMSELF…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ…make my joy complete by being of the SAME MIND, maintaining the SAME LOVE, UNITED IN SPIRIT, intent on ONE PURPOSE

In our desire to be Christ-like we must have the same mind, love, spirit and purpose, to win others AT ALL COSTS

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the FORM OF GOD, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but EMPTIED HIMSELF, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:1-8)

We must be careful of self-centeredness and pride. The need to be recognized and always being right, will cause hurt feelings which will ruin our witness. So, to be like Christ we must empty ourselves of these feelings in obedience to God and be others centered

“…you have put off the old self with its practices and have PUT ON THE NEW SELF, which is being RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE after the image of its creator.” (Col. 3:9-10)

WITH HUMILITY OF MIND LET EACH OF YOU REGARD ONE ANOTHER AS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIMSELF.

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] PUT ON THE NEW SELF, which is being RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE after the image of GOD!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

JESUS EMPTIED HIMSELF…

JESUS EMPTIED HIMSELF…

“If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ…make my joy complete by being of the SAME MIND, maintaining the SAME LOVE, UNITED IN SPIRIT, intent on ONE PURPOSE

In our desire to be Christ-like we must have the same mind, love, spirit and purpose, to win others AT ALL COSTS

Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

With a Christ-like attitude we will always put OTHERS FIRST.

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the FORM OF GOD, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but EMPTIED HIMSELF, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:1-8)

We must be careful of self-centeredness and pride. The need to be recognized and always right will cause hurt feelings which will ruin our witness. So, to be like Christ we must empty ourselves of these feelings in obedience to God and be others centered…

“…you have put off the old self with its practices and have PUT ON THE NEW SELF, which is being RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE after the image of its creator.” (Col. 3:9-10)

WITH HUMILITY OF MIND LET EACH OF YOU REGARD ONE ANOTHER AS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIMSELF.

-Bill Stockham

09-30-17 Loved One’s Devotion FORGIVENESS AND HEALING…

09-30-17 Loved One’s Devotion FORGIVENESS AND HEALING…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayBless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, WHO FORGIVES ALL YOUR INIQUITY, WHO HEALS ALL YOUR DISEASES…so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psa. 103:2-5)

[The wonderful, awesome remedy for our sinful state, a loving Abba Father sending His only begotten Son to give His life for our sins! The creator and maker of all things, the One who always HAS BEEN and always WILL BE and most importantly; IS NOW, wants to enter an everlasting relationship with us! Jesus Christ has come as our savior! We need no longer to be slaves to sin and sickness!!!]

“…he was wounded for our transgressions…with his stripes WE ARE HEALED. (Isa. 53:5)

[We have a loving and compassionate Abba Father!]

Whoever believes in him  IS NOT CONDEMNED, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:18)

[We cannot say “not-guilty” because we all have sinned SO Jesus turned Himself in for us, He gave Himself up for us! He suffered great and extreme punishment – ALL FOR US! He died and rose again so we are not condemned, OH WHAT GREAT LOVE JESUS HAS FOR US!]

AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HAS HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] Whoever believes in him IS NOT CONDEMNED!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

FORGIVENESS AND HEALING…

FORGIVENESS AND HEALING…

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, WHO FORGIVES ALL YOUR INIQUITY, WHO HEALS ALL YOUR DISEASES, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psa. 103:2-5)

[The wonderful, awesome remedy for our sinful state, a loving Abba Father sending His only begotten Son to give His life for our sins! The creator and maker of all things, the One who always HAS BEEN and always WILL BE and most importantly; IS NOW, wants to enter an everlasting relationship with us! He wants to be our Abba Father, His Son to be our brother, the most ROYAL family that has been and will ever be! Why, why?]

“For God SO LOVED the world that HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, that whoever believes in him shall not perish BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.” (John 3:16)

[As positively and vehemently as our Lord Jesus could be He spoke these words to us: Verily, verily, I say unto thee. I am the Amen: I am the faithful and true witness.” The matter is settled permanently that except a man be BORN AGAIN he cannot see the kingdom of God!]

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, ABOUNDING IN LOVE. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; HE DOES NOT TREAT US AS OUR SINS DESERVE or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HAS HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US.” (Psa. 103:8-12)

[Jesus Christ has come as our savior! We need no longer to be slaves to sin and sickness!!!]

“…he was wounded for our transgressions…with his stripes WE ARE HEALED. (Isa. 53:5)

[We have a loving and compassionate Abba Father!]

Whoever believes in him  IS NOT CONDEMNED, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:18)

[We cannot say “not-guilty” because we all have sinned SO Jesus turned Himself in for us, He gave Himself up for us! He suffered great and extreme punishment – ALL FOR US! He died and rose again so we are not condemned, OH WHAT GREAT LOVE JESUS HAS FOR US!]

AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HAS HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US!

-Bill Stockham