Forgiving and Moving On

Introduction: Have you really FORGIVEN the person that has hurt you or is hurting you? Do you still harbor bad thoughts about someone? Are you kind of ANGRY? How can you MOVE ON? If you will Climb this Mountain of Forgiveness, then you will be able to MOVE ON.

1. Understand Jesus Forgave!

“4Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

If Jesus was God in the flesh, and He was, yet He forgave. How much more should we forgive?

2. Understand Jesus Forgives!

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” (Eph 1:7)

Where sin abounds, grace super Abounds! Praise the Lord!!

3. Understand Jesus gives GRACE to Forgive!

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph 4:32)

In ourselves, we do not have the capacity to forgive consistently. That is where the power of the Holy Spirit comes in… with God’s GRACE!

4. Understand Jesus wants you to MOVE ON!

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:10-14)
 
Paul was forgiven, yet he needed to forgive himself. After all, he participated in CHRISTians being persecuted and even martyred. This means we can forgive ourselves since Christ Jesus has forgiven us through His redeeming blood.
 
Conclusion: How can we MOVE ON? By receiving God’s forgiveness, and forgiving others. There is no plan B! Have you? Will you? Can you MOVE ON? Because Jesus Christ has forgiven us and gives GRACE to forgive others including ourselves, we can MOVE ON. Will you today?
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


Feast of Tabernacles

Introduction: Have you ever heard of “Sukkot”? The word means booth or tabernacle. It is the word that describes the seventh Jewish Feast (time out) found in Leviticus 23.

“33And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 34Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. 35On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 36Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.” (Lev 23:33-36)

This devotion examines this seventh feast in its historical, agricultural, and prophetical perspectives.
 

1. What was the Feasts of Tabernacles?

“Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. 40And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. 41And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. 44And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.” (Lev 23:39-44)

Having been in bondage for 430 years, the children of Israel were delivered out of Egypt by the mighty strong arm of the Lord (Passover); however, because of their unbelief (10 spies – Numbers 13, 14), they were chastised by the Lord and ended up wandering in the wilderness for 40 years instead of going right into the promised land. During these 40 years, they built temporary huts or dwelling places to stay in until traveling forward. God provided even through their disobedience. Our God still sends the rain on both the just and the unjust today. 
 

2. How is it practiced today?

“It shall be a statute for ever in your generations:” (Lev 23:41)

Today in Israel, the Jews still commemorate this Jewish Feast called Tabernacles. After building a thatched roof hut with sticks and branches in which one can see the stars at night and the sun during the day, the Jewish people live in this makeshift dwelling place for seven days. All of this is to remember how the Lord provided during their journey to the promised land.
 

3. What implications does it have in comparison with the other fall feasts in relation to Bible Prophecy?

“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.” (Zech 14:16-18)

  • Return of Jesus Christ (Zech 14:4)
  • Remnant of Jews (Zech 14:5,6)
  • Rivers of water (Zech 14:7-8)
  • Reverence to the King (Zech 14:9) 
  • Renewed Jerusalem (Zech 14:10)
  • Rain given or withheld (Zech 14:14)
  • Remembering the Feast of Tabernacles (Zech 14:19)
 
All of this will happen when Jesus Christ comes again in His second coming. Then, His millennial reign where His Kingdom is inaugurated on earth will lasts for 1,000 years. 
 

Conclusion: The Feasts of Tabernacles has an amazing significance in the past, present, and future. We will celebrate this Feast during the 1,000 year reign of Christ. It may be here sooner than you expect.

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese 


How To Look Up When Things Look Down

Introduction: “Sometimes I’m Up, Sometimes I’m Down, Sometimes I’m Low to the ground”!

Things and people can get you down. Are you down? How can you get up when you are down? Five (5) ways:

1. A – Always remember, our Lord knows what you are going through!

“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

If His eye is on the sparrow, we know He watched us!

2. B – Believe and trust our Lord no matter what!

“15Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” (Job 15:13)

Admittedly, this is “Easier said than done.”

3. C – Confess your dependence upon the Lord!

“…the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21)

No matter what, we can learn to depend upon our Heavenly Father.

4. D – Don’t focus on your trouble all the time!

“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1)

Rather, focus on how big is our God.

5. E – Exercise praying for those who criticize you!

“when he prayed for his friends.” (Job 42:10)

Doing things we would rather not takes great faith in the Lord. Especially when it comes to praying for those who criticize us.

    E – Expect a BREAKTHROUGH!

“10And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10)

“Joy comes in the morning!”

Conclusion: Job learned to Look up when things were down! This is a learning lesson for all of us as well. Keep looking up!
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese

 



The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Christian

Introduction: Have you ever studied the doctrine of pneumatology? Do you recognize the word? It is the study of the Holy Spirit. Let’s take a look at the biblical role of this third person of the trinity. 

1. The Holy Spirit Convicts!

“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16:8-11)

Oh, how we need the Holy Spirit today!

2. The Holy Spirit Comforts!

“7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7)

When nothing else or nobody else can help, the Holy Spirit can Comfort!

3. The Holy Spirit Baptizes!

“12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (1Cor 12:12,13)

The word baptized is in the aorist tense in the Greek; therefore, it represents a past event (the moment one is saved), not a futuristic “sensational” speaking in tongues experience after a person is converted. Charismatic teaching claims this term “baptism of the Holy Spirit” is a second blessing after a person is saved. However, a careful grammatical analysis debunks this teaching. Rather, the New Testament reveals the terms “Be filled with the Spirit.” This is not the same as “baptism of the Spirit.” This is ongoing as one submits to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

4. The Holy Spirit Guides!

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:16,17)

Will you pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit?

5. The Holy Spirit Leads!

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Rom 8:14)

My prayer is for more sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Do you agree?

6. The Holy Spirit Fills!

“8And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph 5:18)

Empty me of Self….fill me Holy Spirit!

7. The Holy Spirit Seals!

“3In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Eph 1:13-14)

That is security!

8. The Holy Spirit Inspires!

“16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2Tim 3:16,17)

9. The Holy Spirit Illumines!

“13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1Cor 2:13,14)

10. The Holy Spirit can be grieved or quenched!

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30)

“19Quench not the Spirit.” (1Thess 5:19)

The Holy Spirit is our FRIEND!

11. The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus!

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” (John 15:26)

This is important! Jesus wanted us to know this.

 12. The Holy Spirit Glorifies Jesus!

“13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (John 16:13,14)

Keep in mind, ultimately Jesus gets the GLORY!

Conclusion: Since the Bible reveals all of these wonderful truths concerning the Holy Spirit, it seems obvious that we should cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur-Part 3)

From a CHRISTian Perspective 

Introduction: What does this Jewish holiday mean to CHRISTians? This devotion will compare and contrast both the Old Testament and the New Testament perspective of the Jewish Feasts called “Yom Kippur.”

1. The Sacrifices offered! (Lev 16:15-17; Matt 27:33-37)

“And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 

“15Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: 16And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.”

In the Old Testament, the high priest would repeat this sacrifice year after year. Why? Because it only COVERED the people’s sin. But in the New Testament, Jesus Christ’s sacrifice was ONCE and for ALL! Why? Because His blood not only COVERS the believer’s sin but continually CLEANSES the believer from sin!

The writer under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, writes the following to clarify this truth:

“12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb 9:12-14)

“But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Heb 10:3, 4)

There’s POWER in the BLOOD! Have you been washed in the BLOOD of the LAMB?

Again: “11And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Heb 10:11- 14)

Hallelujah! What a Savior!!

2. The Holiest of All, behind the veil! (Heb 9:3-11)

“3And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience… 11But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building.”

Again the writer explains: “23It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Heb 9:23- 26)

Now through faith in Jesus Christ and by His BLOOD, we have access to His THRONE of GRACE, into the holiest of all.

Conclusion: So here is the BLESSING to us who have been WASHED in the BLOOD of JESUS.“19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised.” (Hebrews 10:19-23)
 
Praise the Lord!
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


Yom Kippur (Part 2)

Introduction: In our last devotion we studied the subject of the Jewish Feast called “Yom Kippur” or “Day of Atonement.” Remember these feasts were “TIME OUTS”! Every year these 7 feasts are celebrated in Israel. While the Church derives benefits from these Jewish Feasts, they were given by God to the Jews to practice every year. The Day of Atonement is observed 10 days after the Feasts of Trumpets, or the New Year.

These 10 days leading up to the Feasts of Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement – are the most solemn and holy days of the year. It is a time to get right with God, confess sin, and make restitution where it is needed.

So we’ve studied the past, now let’s look at the Present and Future.
 

1. Present (Lev 16)

Remember the 2 goats (slain and scape)? These were a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. Some Jews are still waiting for their Messiah. However, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ has already been born, died on a cross for our sins, and risen from the grave. Presently, there is not a temple standing on the Temple Mount for the Jews to go into the Holy Place and worship, while the high priest goes where the Ark of the Covenant was located sprinkling the blood on the mercy seat 7 times.

Therefore, they pray at the Western Wall in hopes of their soon coming Messiah to appear.

The next temple will be rebuilt somewhere in the future and the Jews will restore worship through sacrifices in the temple. Meanwhile, in the near future, the Antichrist will make his way into the temple and sit in the temple 1/2 way through the tribulation desiring to be worshipped (2Thess 2:4). Great persecution and martyrdom will be the result for those who do not worship the beast or his image. Yet, the Lord will resurrect those who have been beheaded for their faith in Jesus Christ at the beginning of the millennial reign of Christ.
 

2. Future (Ezek 40-47; Zech 14:4-14; Rom 11:26) (Zech 12:10)

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
Futuristically, many Jews who have rejected Jesus Christ will turn to Him and be saved.
 
Conclusion: Again, in the millennial reign of Jesus Christ, which will be 1,000 years according to Rev 20, those martyrs who did not worship the beast or his image will be resurrected to rule and reign with Christ for 1,000 years.
 
Bottom line: God has a plan for the Jewish people who He made an Unconditional Covenant with, including the Abrahamic, and Davidic. But, He also has a plan for His Church. Soon the rapture will take place and the Lord’s time clock will begin to tick all the way through eternity future. This assures us who are a part of His Church that God is FAITHFUL to keep His promises!
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


Yom Kippur (Part 1)

Introduction: Do you recognize the title? It is otherwise known as the “Day of Atonement.” Moses, after being informed by the Lord, instructed the Jewish people concerning the 6th of the 7 Jewish Feasts. This is recorded in the 23rd chapter of Leviticus.

“26And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 27Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 28And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.” (Lev 23:26- 28)

More specific instructions are given in Leviticus chapter 16. 
 

1. First, Aaron was to make atonement for himself and his house with a SLAIN GOAT!

“2And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. 3Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering. 4He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on. 5And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering. 6And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house.” (Lev 16:2-6)

This first goat (slain) would atone for both he and his household. 
 

2. Next, Aaron would cast lots to see which goat would be the SLAIN Goat and which would be the SCAPEGOAT!

“6And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin. 8And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 10But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.” (Lev 16:23)
 

3. Then Aaron would lay his hands on the SCAPEGOAT and confess the people’s sins and then lead the goat into the wilderness.

“20And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.” (Lev 16:20-22)
 

Conclusion: Both of these goats – SLAIN and SCAPEGOAT would be prototypes of Jesus Christ. Looking back in retrospect, Jesus fulfilled both requirements to be SLAIN and with His blood to take away sin – not just cover, and needed to be repeated year after year. In addition, Jesus fulfilled the SCAPEGOAT which symbolically took away the people’s sins.

Bottom line: A holy God made provisions for sinful man to have forgiveness and fellowship with Him.

Praise the Lord!

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese

 

 

 



Laying Up Treasures in Heaven

Introduction: Have you ever seen a U-HAUL behind a hearse? Probably not. Why? Because we will not be able to take anything with us to heaven except what we’ve done FOR and THRU Jesus Christ. That is why Jesus told us (and His disciples) not to lay up our treasures on earth where rust can decay and thieves break into your house and steal. Rather, He said to lay up our treasures in heaven.

“19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matt 6:19,20)

1. How can we lay up treasures in heaven?

“20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Matt 6:20)

Witnessing and leading another person to Jesus is laying up your treasures in heaven. Paul wrote about receiving a “Crown of Rejoicing” at the Judgement Seat of Christ.” Living a holy life, overcoming the world, and looking for Jesus to return are all ways we can lay up our treasures in heaven. 

2. How can we tell we are laying up treasures in heaven?

“1For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matt 6:21)

How do you spend your time? Entertainment? Show me your checkbook…that will be an indicator of where your heart is.

Please do an honest evaluation of your life.

3. Are you laying up treasures in heaven?

“1For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matt 6:21)

Are you growing spiritually? Are you concerned for those who are not CHRISTians? Are you spending any time trying to reach the lost? Do you have spiritual disciplines in your life?

Conclusion: Planning for your eternal future is as important if not more than planning for your earthly future; i, e. jobs, retirement, college, upkeep on house, investments, etc.

We can purpose in our hearts to begin or continue to “lay up our treasures in heaven”.

Will you today?

Love y’all, 
Dr. Randy Reese

 



The Anchor of Hope

Introduction: Hopeless times require an Anchor of Hope! Will you throw out the anchor of Hope? If you do not, you will miss out on opportunities of blessing. Speaking of anchors, I am reminded of growing up as a boy and fishing – navigating through the water in a boat. Searching for where the fish were biting became the goal of the expedition. Once we discovered where the fish were hiding or bedding, we would need to slow down and to throw out the anchor, less we drift right pass the “honey hole”! Any delay in chunking the heavy metal anchor would result in a MISSED OPPORTUNITY. But throwing out the Anchor would usually result in a nice catch of fish. So it is when it comes to the CHRISTian life – missed opportunities. Unless, like our passage teaches, we “Throw our the Anchor.”

1. Throw out the Anchor of TRUST when you are going through a Storm!

“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:” (Heb 6:17)

Two thoughts. First, since we are “heirs” or inheritors, then secondly, we should listen to the “counsel”- advice- wisdom of our heavenly Father.

Are you teachable? Have you gotten a “know it all attitude”? Are you leadable? With so much false info going around do you just trust in yourself?

2. Throw out the Anchor of TRUTH when you are going through a Dark Day of Deception!

“18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:” (Heb 6:18)

Three words sum up this verse.
* Delusion
* Confusion
* Perversion

Are you searching for TRUTH? Watch out who you listen to and where you go! Go to the Word of God!!

3. Throw out the Anchor of TRIUMPH when you are going through a Test or Trial!

“19Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb 6:19,20)

Jesus has already “BEEN THERE” “DONE THAT” except for sin. Therefore, we should listen to Him, and follow Him.
Are you?

Conclusion: Will you throw out the Anchor? Please do not MISS out on the opportunities our Lord has for you.

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


Living in Fear or Faith

Introduction: Joshua had every reason to be afraid. Are you finding yourself living in FEAR? Or FAITH? FAITH in God’s WORD….His promises. Joshua’s task was daunting to say the least. To go where you had never been, to lead a whole nation of people, and to drive out ALL the inhabitants of the land, all required MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH! Are you facing a daunting task of living a holy life in an unholy world, staying focused on God’s WILL when everything seems like it is pulling you against it, and overcoming fearful thoughts and feelings when fear and worry are knocking at your door daily?

1. You can be STRONG in the Lord and exercise FAITH instead of FEAR by listening to the Lord!

“Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.” (Jos 1:1,2)

2. You can be STRONG in the Lord and exercise FAITH instead of FEAR by OBEYING the Lord!

“3Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. …..5There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant.” (Jos 1:3-7)

Are you obeying the Lord in what you know to do?

3. You can be STRONG in the Lord and exercise FAITH instead of FEAR by meditating on the Word of God!

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Jos 1:8)

Thank you for taking time daily to read these devotions! That is the purpose for typing these by phone daily!!

Conclusion: May our Lord strengthen our FAITH in Him as we fight our FEAR by LISTENING, OBEYING, and MEDITATING on His Word both day and night!

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Jos 1:9)

All for His GLORY!

Love y’all,

Dr. Randy Reese