Morning Coffee 8/31/14    Go And Sin No More.

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“Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.  As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.  They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said,  “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”    Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.  Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman,  “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (John 8:1-11 NLT)

Christ was sent to be the atonement for our sins, when we accepted Him into our life He saved us from a life style that would lead us to destruction. I know I would not be here if Jesus had not rescued me from my sin.

When Jesus told the woman “sin no more,” He was telling her not to go back to the sinful life style she was living.  This is a warning not just to the woman, but to us as well. Christ blood washed us clean and redeemed us. Don’t take that for granted, this past week I allowed some of my old life to creep back in and God bought me to the scripture above. He said to me “Look at all I have blessed you with! Look at where I am taking you! Don’t let your old life rise up again, you have no need for it, it will never satisfy and you know it!”

It’s not about being perfect and living a sinless life. It’s about living the life that god has laid out for you. God has bought you a long way from the person you used to be. He has bestowed upon you great gifts of grace and mercy. Don’t cast them to the side but make them like your family. Abide and dwell in the grace and mercy God has given you and move forward in you walk with Christ. We are not condemned so let us “go and sin no more.”

 

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Morning Coffee 8/30/14 The Beatitudes: Work For Peace

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“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”  (Matthew 5:9 NLT)

“Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.  Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.” (Romans12:17-19 NLT)

If we are going to work for peace it will require us, at times to let things go. We may have to forgive when the person who offended us did not apologize. Working for peace will mean that we may have to temporarily put down some of the things that we enjoy, so that we don’t offend another brother or sister. For example, you invite a fellow brother or sister into your home and they are a recovering alcoholic. But you and your wife like to have a little wine here and there. Your job would be to put away the wine and serve soda or other non alcoholic drinks. You are pursuing peace when you surrender your enjoyments for the conscience of that brother or sister. You are working to keep peace between the two of you.

Those who work for peace don’t stir up gossip. You don’t go and spread false truth about someone.  If confides in you, you don’t share that private conversation with others. Let’s do our best to pursue peace and not cause strife. “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”  (Matthew 5:9 NLT)

 

 

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Morning Coffee 8/29/14 The Beatitudes: Pure In Heart

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“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”  (Matthew 5:8 NLT)

 

When we are helping someone, what are our motives for helping them? Are we expecting something back? Or do we help them freely without expecting something in return? In everything we do what is the motive of our heart, is it of God or of this world?

“Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them.  Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4 NLT)

My mom is a pre-school teacher, at a church not far from our home (within walking distance). I bring her lunch a few times a week so the kids in the school know me well, especially the kids in my mom’s class. They always greet me when I walk in. But on one particular day I was running a little late and the kids were having there play time (they are normally sitting having lunch when I am on time). I walked through the door of the room and all the kids (about 6 or 7 of them) shouted my name and came rushing to hug me.

That is pure in heart! I am not their mother, father, or any close family member. They see me one or two times a week. I haven’t given them anything as far as gifts or toys. But here they are showering me with pure genuine love with no strings attached no hidden motive or agenda. When Christ said we must be like child, He meant the heart. A child will forgive you in a heartbeat. You don’t see children hold grudges; if they do it’s not long enough to be considered a grudge.

Pure in heart, means you hold no ill will against someone, you actions are not based off of self seeking motives. You forgive when offended, and you look to help others before yourself. And you are the same person in public and behind closed doors. These are the qualities of the pure in heart

 

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Morning Coffee 8/28/14    The Beatitudes:  The Merciful

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“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7 NLT)

“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him.    In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.    He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’    Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars.  He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded.    But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened.    Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.    Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’    Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” (Matthew 18:23-35 NLT)

God Is a merciful God, I’m sure you can reflect over times in your life when He poured out His mercy on you when you should have suffered the consequences of you actions. Because of His mercy we are still standing today.

God has shown us mercy in our lives when we offended Him, so why wouldn’t we in turn show mercy to those who have offended us. Or  if we see someone in need and we are able to help them, we should help them. That is part of showing mercy. God will bless us when we reflect the mercy that He has given us to others. When we do that we are living out the example that Christ set for us when he walked this earth.

Forgive that brother or sister that hurt you, Go and help that lady struggling to get the grocery bags in her car. God Has showered us with His mercy lets go and shower someone else with that same mercy.

 

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Morning Coffee 8/27/14 What It’s All About! (This Is Why We Do What We Do)

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DO THIS FIRST!!!!!!  PLAY VIDEO BEFORE YOU CONTINUE!!!

 

God has interrupted the series on the beatitudes. There is something here that he wants us all to learn.

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:8-14 NIV)

I don’t know about you but, when I watched the video and then read the above scripture, I could not help but tear up and cry. Right before I sat down to write God bought the video and the scripture to my remembrance.  It reset everything in line for me. All of us have a ministry of some sort and they are to be centered on the goal of drawing people closer to Christ. Our life should reflect Christ; He is the reason why we do what we do. He should be the reason why we have revivals, not to set church attendance records. He should be the reason why we sell multi platinum worship albums. You can win all the “of the year awards” and break the record for sales on iTunes. If that album did not draw one soul closer to God, you have failed. And you work was in vain. He should be the reason why I write these devotions and he is the reason why I write Morning Coffee Devotions.

Family, I’m going to be honest with you. Past few weeks I got caught up in the stats, I got wrapped up in how many views I got and what new country found the blog. First to God I repent I am sorry and to you my extended family I am sorry please forgive me. God has reminded me what it’s all about, and why I do the things He has called me to do!

 

I pray that this has ministered to you.

 

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He Is. Brandon Sawyer (APoetsHeart51)

He is your Redeemer

He is your Way Maker, when there is no way.

He is your Strength, in times of storm.

He is the Name you call on in times of need.

 

He is your Savior

He is the Truth

He is Love.

He is your Shepherd, that guides you through “the valley of the shadow of death.”

 

Nothing can be, or will ever be compared to Him

Nothing escapes His gaze, He sees everything.

Nothing is to hard for Him.

 

He is the “I AM”

He is the Source from which, all life was created.

He is The Almighty One.

 

He is your First Love.

He is your Friend.

He is God.

He is All that you will ever need!

 

 

Morning Coffee 8/26/14 The Beatitudes: Seeking His Righteousness (Justice)

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Morning Coffee 8/26/14    The Beatitudes:  Seeking His Righteousness (Justice)

 

”God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6 NLT)

 

Jesus is continuing His Sermon on the Mount, He now speaking about those who thirst after righteousness.

Mans justice pales in comparison to the justice of God, you can’t even compare them. So kick the human definition of justice (righteousness) out the window. It is obsolete, non applicable here. Gods Justice (righteousness) is perfect without any flaws. “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4 NLT) This is the Justice (righteousness) we must seek after. It is only His justice (righteousness) that will fully satisfy us. You don’t have to look far to see where mans justice (righteousness) fails.” All of us have become like one who is unclean,  and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;  we all shrivel up like a leaf,  and like the wind our sins sweep us away,”  (Isaiah 64:6 NLT) Back to what I mentioned in yesterdays devotion about not getting back at the person that hurt you. If you Go and take things into you own hands you maybe satisfied for a while, but as human nature is, you probably will still hold a grudge against that person. But taking it to God and letting Him handle it will bring true healing and satisfaction.

You see when we seek after His righteousness, we are surrendering our will for His. While you are in the situation you may not see how His righteousness is going to work out. But when you come out of it and look back and see how God just worked everything out. It will fill you with more faith and hope and it will be easier to “let go and let God.”  God’s Righteousness is perfect, so let Him take the wheel of your life and Let Him Have His way, you won’t regret it!

READ JOHN GILLS COMMENTARY ON THIS VERSE http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/matthew-5-6.html

 

 

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Morning Coffee 8/25/14 The Beatitudes: The Humble (meek) are Blessed

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God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” (Matthew 5:5 NLT)

Jesus is continuing His Sermon on the Mount, He now speaking about those who remain humble.

In other translations of the Bible in Matthew 5:5 (like the NIV, and ASV) the word meek is used in place of humble. Since we have been on humility over the past few days, let’s, start there. I did a little more digging and research, on this verse. And it takes humility to another level. I read John Gills commentary on this scripture. (Link is at the bottom) Humility or meekness is supposed to flow from us. In this life we are going to run into some people that don’t have the best people skills, or look out for our best. They may stab us in the back (figuratively speaking) and our flesh may want to rise up and get that person back but we will have to humble our self and let God handle it. We may have to learn from a follow believer that is mean and rough around the edges. We will still have to be humble and receive what God wants us to learn from them. Being Humble means to think of others higher than yourself no matter how much skill you have. Don’t look at humility as if you are lying down and letting people run over you. No if anything it will make you stronger. You will be able to receive more and grow more. And at the end of our time hear on earth our inheritance won’t be of this world but of God’s Kingdom. “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” (Matthew 5:5 NLT)

I know this is all easier said than done but by humbling our self we won’t have to learn lessons the hard way. In all you do be humble and meek. And watch and see how blesses you, you will gain so much more.

Much Love & God Bless

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John Gill Commentary on Mathew 5:5: http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/matthew-5-5.html

 

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