Devotions from Pastor Mike

March 26th, 2020

Good morning dear people. I miss meeting with people. My Thursday morning study, my church, my Sunday School class, my Tuesday study and my Wednesday evening class. As promised the two witnesses and the seventh seal. During the tribulation the two witnesses will be able to freely preach the gospel no matter the opposition for 1,260 days. Who are they? The Bible does not say. Some say Enoch from before the flood and Elijah since neither of them died. Some say Moses and Elijah (poor Elijah, it seems people want him to die). But that is all speculation. Like the witnesses it would make sense that they are Jewish believers but beyond that we do not know. But they are a woe upon the followers of the beast who celebrate their death. But in Rev. 11:15 we see that “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, an He shall reign for ever and ever.” Just typing that phrase gives me goose bumps and brings a tear of awe to my eye. God bless all of you in this unique time of trial.

March 25th, 2020

Good morning. The photo I put on Facebook was from 5 years ago. I am not skilled in photo sharing. In Psalm 63 David is focused on God as he is trying to keep away from Saul. In verse one he says O God you are my God. Every believer can say the same thing with confidence. In verse 3 he says “Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.” David was surrounded by enemies yet he trusted in God. In Jeremiah 43 we see the reaction to the word of the Lord which Jeremiah gave, they said “You are lying! The Lord our God has not sent you.” Everything Jeremiah had prophesied had come true. Yet because he did not tell them what they wanted to hear they called him a liar and a false prophet. Let’s not imitate that attitude toward God. I will focus on Revelation 11 exclusively tomorrow since it is a well known passage and distorted by many. God bless you all.

March 24th, 2020

Good morning. From Psalm 62, a psalm that has it’s lyrics in modern Christian music. “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” David says this because many around him say one thing with their mouth and quite another in their heart. In Jeremiah 42 the people ask Jeremiah to inquire of the Lord for them. Jeremiah does not hear from the Lord until 10 days latter. No matter the urgency of the moment God does not submit to our time table. Tomorrow we will see if they heed The Lord’s council through Jeremiah. Finally in Revelation we have in chapter 10, a pause in the judgments, and an angel comes with a little scroll he tells John to eat. It tastes sweet in the mouth but sours the stomach. The word of God is sweet but the judgments are severe. John did not write what the 7 thunders are so don’t believe any preacher or author who says they know what they are. God bless all of you in this difficult time.

March 23rd, 2020

Good morning. Our first live stream event went well. Thanks to Greg and Chelsea getting it all set up on the church’s Facebook page. Today I read Ps 61 where David says “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.” God does listen but answers in His way not mine or yours. In Jeremiah 41 the new governor is assassinated and much blood is shed amidst the political turmoil. A crisis brings out the worst in people at times as well as the best. And in Revelation 9 the last three trumpets are called Woes. The demonic locust plague only happens to those who “did not have the seal of God in their foreheads.” That seal was put there by God not men. Why was this happening? Read Rev. 9:20&21. God will hear your cry, He does not change. God bless you all.

March 22nd, 2020

Just a thought from Psalm 60. “O God…You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking.” “Save us and help us with your right hand that those you love may be delivered.” This seems very appropriate for our time. David’s enemies were very visible unlike ours at this moment. God is over our enemies today as well. We are live streaming from the Faith Bible Church Facebook page in Rio. If you can’t join us you can listen from the church’s website at God Bless