Pastor Stephen Dedman

Are You The One

Are You The One

And John calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the One who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭7:19

No Need To Doubt

In Luke 7:28 Jesus says, “there is none greater than John.”  John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus who preached repentance of sin to prepare the way of the coming of the Messiah.  When John baptized Jesus, he heard the audible voice of God and saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus like a dove.  There was no doubt that John knew that Jesus was the Messiah.

After John was arrested and held in prison for a long period of time, he began to question if Jesus was really the Coming One.  There are three notable reasons that caused him to doubt and these can create doubt in our minds as well.  First, the circumstances he faced made him question if Jesus cared.  John was in prison because he stated the truth of Herod’s sin.  Sometimes the circumstances we endure make us wonder if Jesus really cares for us.  Second, listening to outsiders can cause doubt.  While in prison, John heard a report about Jesus and obviously it was in contrast to what he believed.  We must be careful to who and what we listen to.  If it’s not the truth, it can cause us to doubt.  Third, since we don’t have full knowledge, we question how things will work out.  Jesus was just the opposite of what everyone expected.  He was a humble servant instead of coming as one who would be treated like the king of the Jews.  Limited information causes us to doubt if all things will work out in our favor or not.

When John doubted, he searched for truth from Jesus.  We too should turn to Jesus when we start to doubt.  He will give us what we need.

Prayer

Search the Lord through the Word of God and ask Him to reveal the truths that you need to know.

Lack Of Knowledge

Lack Of Knowledge

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
    because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I also will forget your children.
Hosea 4:6

There’s No Excuse For Not Knowing

We are blessed to have the written Word of God.  It is available in 670 languages and in hundreds of versions.  For even better conveniences the Bible is available to be listened to as well.  What this means is there is no excuse for anyone not to be able to read and understand the Word of God.  There are countless collections of commentaries and resources to help us understand the meaning of Scripture. The need for knowing doctrine is important.  Knowledge of doctrine is what shapes our spiritual lives for Christian living.

More than anything the priests lacked a heart-knowledge more than a head-knowledge of God’s Word.  There were many who knew the Word of God and most would memorize the Old Testament.  The Pharisees and Scribes knew the Word of God forward and backward, but still lacked a heart-knowledge of it.  A person could have knowledge about God but still not know Him personally.  This is a dangerous thing.

Jesus said in Matthew 9:13, “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”  Jesus was referencing to Hosea 6:6.  What Jesus was saying was they knew the technicalities of doctrine, but were missing it in their heart.  You can go through traditions and rituals but if you’re not moved in your spirit something is wrong.  A great example of this is with the “Lord’s Supper”.  If you are not spiritually moved by observing this ordinance then your heart is not right.

Prayer

Ask God to break your heart for the things that breaks His.

Daily Devotional

Cry For Help

Cry For Help

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:17‬ ‭

Daily Devotional

Right With God

The key word in today’s verse is righteous. When the righteous cry for help the Lord hears and delivers. To be righteous, one must be right with God. To be right with God you must have a relationship with Jesus who makes us right with God. To have a relationship with Jesus you must believe in Him as Lord and Savior.

We all face situations that seem too overwhelming or out of our control. This is what we call a crisis situation. It is at this point that we feel helpless, hopeless and alone. God wants us to cry out to Him and He wants to deliver us from our troubles. However, sometimes we get in our minds that we got ourself in the problem so we must get ourself out of the problem. This is called “stinkin’ Thinkin’”. We soon feel exhausted and out of energy. Guess who wants you to feel this way?  That’s right, your adversary, the devil. The devil wants you to feel that God is nowhere near and is avoiding you. He even wants you to feel that your prayers are not being heard.

It is at this moment that you need to get on your knees and cry out to the Lord. He has never left you. But He is waiting for you to submit to Him as Lord and Master. When He is in control He can do wonderful and miraculous things. Don’t ever think you can live life without God. Without God, you’re not living; you’re dying. Only the righteous can be heard by God.

Prayer

Lord, I cry out to You for help. Cleanse my heart and make me new. Deliver me from my troubles.

Daily Devotional