Devotions from Pastor Mike

March 31st, 2020

Good morning dear people. Pastor worry wart woke up at 2:00am did some praying and worrying, then fell asleep and so that’s why I am a bit late today. Then I look at Psalm 69 and read “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold.” Wow we can relate to that. People ridicule David for his shameless love for God when he worships Him. Yet he is undeterred, for “the Lord hears the needy”. In Jeremiah the prophet speaks judgment upon Moab, Israel’s neighbor to the NE. In chapter 48 God says their god will go into exile with them. People carried portable idols of their national god with them. In Revelation 15 we see the preparation for the seven bowls of God’s wrath. Here we see those who had been victorious over the beast, his image and his name. (They were martyred for their faith). They were given harps to celebrate a God’s coming victory. Here is possibly where the erroneous idea that we will become angels with harps in the clouds comes from. We become like Christ, angels are radically different. So we have much to look forward to as believers. God will prevail over Antichrist just as He will over this virus, in His time, and in His way. God bless all of you this day.

March 30th, 2020

Good morning dear people. I was overwhelmed by the number of birthday greetings. Thank you all so much. From Psalm 68:11 we get a verse G. F. Handel used in his Messiah Choral. Also in verse 35 a line from a contemporary song “How awesome is our God” In Jeremiah 47 the prophet begins to speak against the other nations around Israel. The Philistines are told that the Lord is about to destroy them. In Revelation 14 the Lamb and the 144,000 have a special relationship as opposed to those who have the mark of the Beast. Three angels announce the coming fall of Babylon the Great. The sharp sickel of God’s wrath is going to “harvest the earth,” and the blood will cover approximately 180 miles of land as high as a horses’ bridle.” God is in charge and He will judge those who oppose Him and gladly show grace to those who repent and embrace Jesus Christ as their one and only savior. Let’s pray daily for our leaders that they can get just a little bit of the wisdom God gave Solomon. God bless you all.

March 29th, 2020

Good morning dear people. A Sunday Psalm as I am preaching today. Psalm 67 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us.” David wants God’s actions and offer of salvation known on earth. Praise gladness and joy come from believing in Jesus. May you all have a blessed Sunday and pray our livestream goes well on the Faith Bible Rio Facebook page. “Now if it could only make me look younger and taller.”

March 28th, 2020

Good Saturday morning dear people. “Shout with joy to God,all the earth,”is David’s declaration to the people in Psalm 66. David later states “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.” Are you “cherishing” sin in your heart? We all sin but if we love a particular sin God is not going to answer your prayer because it will be “double minded” as James states in James 1:2-16. The people who follow the beast in Rev. 13 are not double minded they say confidently “Who is like the Beast? Who can make war against him.” Confidence in earthly leaders who boldly speak against the one true God is always misplaced. In Jeremiah God speaks against Egypt and her futile efforts against Babylon. God promises future deliverance after a time of just discipline. God is in charge not you or me. Rest in His love. God bless you all.

March 27th, 2020

Good morning. The sun is shining through the clouds. Psalm 65 is a song of praise. “When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.” What a marvelous promise. This whole Psalm is of praise and God’s earthly blessings. I thought of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” as I read and observed the rising sun. In Jeremiah 45 we have God’s declaration to Baruch, Jeremiah’s secretary. God tells him not to seek great things for himself. He will simply escape with his life in the coming disaster. Then in Revelation 12 we have the dragon and the woman (Israel) on the earth and Satan’s expulsion from heaven. Good for heaven but woe upon the earth because Satan knows”that his time is short.” God bless you as we endure by God’s Grace only inconvenience and not job loss, sickness, or death.