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Devotional: Joy is greater in God than possessions

"You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound." - Psalm 4:7
    "Worldly people inquire for good, not for the chief good; all they want is outward good, present good, partial good, good meat, good drink, good trade, and a good estate; but what are all these worth?" This was asked by Matthew Henry. What good, in the end, is any of these things? The godless have more joy in their "grain" and "wine" than they do God. The wicked see the abundance of their possessions as exceptionally good and satisfying now, but in the end, when Jesus returns, what good will possessions be?
     As David states there is "more joy" that can be placed in our hearts by God than the abundance of man's possession. That is to say there is "more joy" in God than what we own. Though some joy may come from what we own, "more joy" come from God. God, who is exceptionally good and satisfying, is the real so…

A Forgotten Sin.

There is a sin out there not often preached about. Not often thought about. Not often focused on. A sin that we all forget. A secret sin. A sin that is overlooked by the church.

   Imagine for a moment a man who is obviously wealthy and wears nice clothes, then there is a man who is poor to observation and wears clothes not as nice. Get that picture in your head. We all know someone who fits the description of each. Which one do you pay more attention to? Which does society pay attention to? 
   To show more attention to one over the other is partiality. Partiality is showing favoritism towards another. This is the sin that is often overlooked, not thought of and not preached on. My question however is this, is it really wrong to show favor towards one over another? Is partiality a sin? Why is it a sin? These are my questions.
   First question, is partiality a sin? The Scripture states "if you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your n…

Claiming Jesus

I read an article by the Gallup Poll published in 2017 the other day, it claimed that 75% of American's now identify as Christian. That is three fourth's of our nation. In 2001, according to ABC news, it was 83%. The number of self-identifying Christians has declined in America.

   That means out of those who were polled 75% of them believe in 1 John 1:7, that "the blood of Jesus...cleanses us from all sin." Not some sin, all sin. That means that only 75% of America believe 1 John 2:2, that Jesus Christ "is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world."  Meaning it is declining in America that Jesus is the atoning sacrifice. Not 'a' atoning sacrifice but 'the' atoning sacrifice.

     That also means, now 25% of America believe that Jesus' atoning sacrifice did not appease or satisfy the anger of God, the wrath of God, because of sin. In addition, it means that 25% of America believe that Je…