Monday, January 30, 2012

Readjustment - A Papa Roy Devotional

Below is another devotional from Papa Roy.  Seems like I read the passage that he quoted from Mark earlier today.  Enjoy.

A Touch of Encouragement
Today, Just like Jesus, we are on a mission. Sometimes it can seem as though we are alone in that mission, but even so, we are called to be ready. Spend some time alone in prayer today.
 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. (Mark 1:35 NKJV)
Experts say that noise pollution is getting worse. In some major U.S. cities, noise levels have raised six fold in the past fifteen years. American ears are bombarded by noise from airplanes, traffic, lawn mowers, TVs, radios and cell phones. Maybe it’s because we’re surrounded by so much noise that we find it difficult to appreciate solitude. But getting away alone with God is essential for our spiritual health. Today’s passage shows that Jesus Himself had to withdraw from the hustle and bustle to sit quietly before His Father. (Anonymous)
 Papa Roy says; with our busy schedules and our hectic pace of life, we too need readjustment. Demands of work, family, and church can require reevaluation. One way we do that is by observing the Sabbath principle—making sure to set aside time to rest and prayerfully refocus our priorities. When can you pull aside from your activities and prayerfully ask God to reset your spiritual calendar to His Word and His will? Is it time for a readjustment?
 In God we trust, so, do you take time to read God’s Word and pray? Try it in the morning. It can transform your day.
 Read through the Bible this year: Exodus 7-8, Psalm 29, Proverbs 29, Mark 1
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Papa Roy Devotional: Bow the Knee, Watch and Pray

Here is another devotional from Papa Roy.  Papa Roy is a mentor for a good friend of mine, Dan Shock.  He compiles these devotionals on a daily basis and sends them out to his mailing list.  Read and enjoy.

A Touch of Encouragement

Ask the Lord today, as you pray, to help you recognize Satan and his ways so you will not be caught as his prey. God will help you identify him if you will only ask Him.

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh  is weak.”(Matthew 26:41 NKJV)

Peter yielded to temptation because he did not first take the time to put on the armor of God. Peter would have been in a much better position to overcome the temptation if he had first prepared his heart. We spend too much time watching television and not enough time reading the Bible. We spend a lot of time talking on the phone with our friends and not enough time praying to our Creator.

It takes patience to spend the time in prayer. Satan will try to remind you about all the important things that you should be doing. However, if you want to see the victories, you must put aside the things of this world and put on the things of God. Remember that God does not work on your timetable so be ready to wait patiently and not give up until HE gives you the victory. (Anonymous)

 Papa Roy says, true Christians do not have the luxury of complacency. He who said, "Watch and pray" meant both commands because both are emphatically necessary. Watching implies taking notice, carefully assessing, discerning details and trends.

Praying implies reflection, meditation; considering God’s ways, seeking his will, placing the clues we discern by watching into the framework we have seen in God’s word—and arranging as best we can the minutiae of our own lives in harmony with the grand features of God’s design. (R. Kindig)

In God we trust, so, bow the knee watch and pray, and put the weak flesh out and let the willing Spirit in. And watch and see what happens.

Read through the Bible this year: Exodus 1-2, Psalm 26, Proverbs 26, Matthew 26

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