Who is Your King?

Introduction: Do you have a King? Jesus Christ will come back as the King of Kings. But first, He will descend from heaven as the BRIDE GROOM and take His bride (the Church) away to His Father’s house. 

Israel will be needing their King…King Jesus. Why? Because they rejected Him when He came the first time.

The passage today deals with Israel wanting a King instead of the Lord God of Creation. Interestingly enough, today people have their Kings; i.e. money, sports, self, etc.

 1. Israel had to have a King! (1Sam 12:1,2)

“1And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. 2And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day.”

 (1Sam 12:12,13)

 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king. 13Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.”

King Saul became the first King of Israel. He was the people’s choice. The Lord desired to be their King.

Jesus wants to be the ruler over the hearts of men today but they refuse. Even those sitting in Church today merely give Him lip service but not life service. Is He really LORD of your life? Remember. Lord means boss, ruler, sovereign.

2. Israel was instructed to SERVE the Lord! (1Sam 12:20)

“And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.”

Loving Jesus results in SERVING Him. Are you a servant of Jesus? Or are other things more important to you?

Do you ever think about heaven?

Conclusion: At the Judgment Seat of Christ, either we (CHRISTIANS) will be rewarded or suffer loss of rewards. Our motives will be on display. Our sacrifices will be considered. And more importantly, our Lord & Savior will be the JUDGE!

So who is your King?

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


The Real Deal

Introduction: Here is the REAL DEAL. As a believer in Jesus Christ, we are SEALED and we are to be FILLED.

Check this out.

1.SEALED! (Eph 1:13-15; 4:30)

“In 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.”

That speaks of security! By that we mean eternal security. If a person is really saved then he or she cannot become unsaved. For it they could LOSE their salvation that would mean the devil would have to pry open the double grip of Jesus Christ and steal us from Him (John 10:27,28).

Obviously, Satan is not  strong enough to do that. For the record sake, Jesus has defeated both he and his emissaries.

“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Col 2:15)

“14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” (Heb 2:14)

Ultimately, Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire along with the Antichrist and the false prophet (Rev 19, 20)

The word “seal” is σφραγίζω: (sfrag-id’-zo), which means to seal, set a seal upon. It has the idea of PROPERTY or OWNERSHIP.

Look again at this biblical doctrine call pneumatology.

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

See the word “sealed”? Notice the phrase “unto the day of redemption.” That speaks of our final state in heaven. Our Lord is going to finish what He began. I love this verse.

“6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:6)

We are not home yet!

2.SEALED to be FILLED! (Eph 5:18)

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”

Being “Filled with the Spirit” is God’s will! This is a present tense verb “be filled” which means ongoing. In other words, “keep on being filled” over and over. But why do we need to be filled? The answer is because we are leaky vessels!

Also please notice that this mandate (in the imperative mood – command) is in the context of the biblical role of a CHRISTian husband, wife, and parent. That is the key to fulfilling God’s purpose in this family life.

Conclusion: Are you SEALED? Are you FILLED? If you are, then you must be THRILLED!

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


Do Unto Others

Introduction: Finish the statement…”Do unto others??… if you said, “as you would have them do unto you.” You are correct! In the sermon on the mount, Jesus said,

“12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:” (Matt 7:12)

But how?

1. With Love! (Matt 5:43 -46)

“43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?”

Easier said than done. Right? Actually, the only way we can love those who do not love us is by the GRACE of God. Do you agree? Are you having a hard time loving someone? Remember. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.

2. With Prayer! (Matt 6:5-6)

“5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

Prayer is POWERFUL! When offered with the right motives and the right way, needs are met, lives are changed, and God is glorified. Do you need to stop and pray for, or with, someone right now?
 
3. With Peace! (Matt 6:33,34)

“4Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

By reminding people what is most important in life. This is a way to eliminate STRESS and WORRY! Please reread Matthew 6:25-34. Are you feeling stressed and worried?

Conclusion: These are just a few ways to “Do unto others” besides sharing Jesus Christ with them, which is the most important thing. So…go…”do unto others”…and give God the glory!


Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


Let it Float

Introduction: Have you ever heard the saying, “Just let it float”? Some things work out themselves if we will …”Just let it float.” Where do we get that expression? One place it is found is in Exodus Chapter One and Two.

1. Things are out of our CONTROL! (Exo 1:20-22)

“20Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. 21And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses. 22And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”

This was NOT good! But God is GOOD!! An order by Pharoah was sent out to kill all the baby boys. While the Hebrew people could not CONTROL the leader’s decision in Egypt, they had to TRUST the LORD.

2. Some things we can CONTROL! (Exo 2:1-4)

“1And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. 4And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.”

When you don’t know WHAT to do, do what you can. Be led by our Lord – the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:14).

3. God is in CONTROL! (Exo 2:5-10)

“5And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. 7Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. 9And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of
the water.”

The UNSEEN hand of our God was working. He was orchestrating His will even though at the time it was a test of FAITH. Is His hand still working today? In your life? Where? Stop and think. More importantly, stop and trust Him.

Conclusion: While it was out of their CONTROL, Moses’ parents and family had to “LET it FLOAT”! The end result was God’s providential will went into effect. One of the greatest leaders of the nation of Israel was spared, and prepared for leading the Hebrew people. All of this is recorded in the Bible. Is there anything in – or going on – in your life that you JUST need to….”LET it FLOAT”?
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese

 



The New Year with an Open Door in Front of You

Introduction: There’s an open door before you! Are you needing a door to open? Job? Debt? A Personal need? Someone you know who needs a breakthrough or a relationship with Jesus.

I love Revelation 3:8-12.

Listen to the Word of God to the Church of Philadelphia; and then you will probably understand why Jesus had this word of commendation. By the way, this Church and the Church of Smyrna were the only two Churches out of the seven that did not receive a word of correction from our Lord.

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” (Rev 3:7)

Remember, this message was to the Church not to Israel. (God has a plan for Israel and God has a plan for the Church). 

1. There’s An Open Door before you that is going to require “Alittle Strength” to walk through it! (Rev 3:8)

“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”

Your strength will be in your “Witness” by not denying Jesus Christ’s name. Speaking up instead of being silent, reaching outward instead of pulling inward, and living godly instead of living ungodly is going to be the key to your “Strength” and Power!

How are you doing?

2.  There’s An Open Door before you that is going to require “Alittle Discernment” in order to walk through it! (Rev 3:9)

“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.”

Jesus is saying that others will see through your lifestyle that you really do have a “love relationship” with Him! Deceivers and manipulators who are wolves in sheep’s clothing will be revealed (their spiritual fruit or the lack thereof).

Can you really accurately tell who’s on the Lord’s side? Sometimes, it is difficult, and certainly it always requires the Spirit of God’s discernment. 

3. There’s An Open Door in heaven when Jesus comes again that will keep you from the wrath of God during the tribulation! (Rev 3:10-12)

“10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”

This passage of Scripture promises to every CHRISTian that Jesus Christ will come quickly and usher those who remain on earth into heaven to be with Him forever as He pours out His terrible and swift judgment upon the “whole earth.” This will be an unparalleled catastrophic time on earth when seven seals, trumpets and bowls rain down upon all the earth releasing the wrath of God. Jesus is coming quickly. John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, repeats that phrase (coming quickly) throughout the book of Revelation. 

Are you ready? 

Conclusion: What a great motivation to love the Lord Jesus and serve Him! Rewards are coming!!

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese
 


Restoration and Resolution

Introduction: Did you know that CHRISTians should be in the business of both RESTORATION & RESOLUTION. What do we mean by those terms? Hopefully, we will follow thru in this devotion to do what it teaches.

1.RESTORATION! (Gal 6:1,2; John 21)

“1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

Peter blew it! Have you ever blown it? When? Do you remember? Did you get in the flesh? Say something you should not have. Do something you should not have. Honestly, all of us have at one time or another, even after we’ve been saved.

The RESTORATION of Peter by Jesus is a good example. After Peter’s denial and foul language, Jesus makes sure he’s restored. This of course is after Peter is broken over his failure; i.e. he is sorrowful to the point of turning which results in a CHANGE!

Please pay attention to that last sentence. Jesus restores him because of his repentant heart.

2.RESOLUTION! (Gal 2:11,12)

“11But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision”

Peter’s not perfect. Neither are you or me perfect. He had a lapse back. At times we may get either SELF RIGHTEOUS or LEGALISTIC. 

What do we mean? As long as Peter was surrounded by the Gentiles – who had been saved by GRACE thru FAITH- yet not JEWS,  he could be free from some Jewish tradition or laws (eat pork). But as soon as the influential Jews showed up at the meals and meeting, Peter disassociated himself with the Gentiles.

Consequently, Paul lovingly confronts him. Notice, Paul had to search his own heart first to make sure he was not guilty of the same, and then he could go to Peter and practice Conflict RESOLUTION. His goal would be to bring Peter back into fellowship with the Church.

Conclusion: If we would just practice these principles by the power of the Holy Spirit, there would be many CHRISTIANS RESTORED and problems RESOLVED the biblical way!

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


Four Storm Shelters

Introduction: Our IDENTITY determines our SECURITY! Who are you? Why are you here? Where are you going? What has Jesus done and what is He doing in your life? These questions will be addressed in this daily devotion. Our Lord put it in our heart to develop (from scratch as the Lord gives me – not from a book except the Word of God) a brief exegetical Bible study. The VISION to do this was during Covid…and these devotions have continued these months and years. Praise the Lord! Thanks for joining us and do please pray for us. Our prayer is that these daily Bible studies will both “encourage” you as well as “enlarge” you in your walk with Jesus.
 
Here are 4 STORM SHELTERS:
 

1. Who we are “in Jesus Christ”- our Identity! (Eph 1:11)

“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”

Did you see the word “inheritance”? The Greek word means a lot, or a portion. Once born again, we become heirs of Christ – joint heirs with Him (Rom 8:16-18). It is a past event according to the aorist tense verb form in Ephesians 1:3-7.
At the moment of conversion, we were placed into Jesus Christ and He was placed into us by His Holy Spirit. That is our NEW IDENTITY!
 

2. Why we are here – our Security! (Eph 1:11)

“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”

The words “counsel of His own will” means His decree. NOTICE: If our SECURITY is wrapped up in what people say, think or the way they treat us instead of our RELATIONSHIP with Jesus (who we are in Christ), we are destined for FAILURE; i.e. poor self image, inferiority complex and even depression.
But our POSITION affects our CONDITION!
 

3. Where we are going – Destiny! (Eph 1:11)

“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”

Our Lord’s “purpose” is going to be fulfilled as we flesh out the CHRISTian life by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT. Heaven is our ultimate destination. Yet, before then, we can have alittle heaven here below as we “ABIDE in the VINE”! Appropriating these TRUTHS by FAITH is the key. This will result in overcoming bad habits, being bitten with bitterness, and a host of other JOY robbers.
 

4. What Jesus Christ has done for us and is doing in us – Victory! (Eph 1:11)

“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”

The word “predestinated” means to predetermine. But please take NOTE: Just because God predetermined before the foundation of the world (knowing our response to His grace & forgiveness) does not mean we are robots. Instead, we are FREE moral agents with choices to accept or reject Him. Even after being converted to Jesus Christ, we have daily choices which determine if we live after the FLESH or after the SPIRIT.
 
Conclusion: For more of a detailed study on this subject see our website – a devotion titled “WHEN the STORM COMES.” Blessings to you and your family.
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese

 



Safe From the Storm

Introduction: If you knew a storm was coming, where would you go? Hide? Seek shelter? Probably a basement or a cellar. What about the storms of life? Where do you go? Some go to the bottle (intoxicant). Others go to other mind-altering drugs in an attempt to escape reality. Granted, that may work, but it is just helps temporarily. Instead of turning to counterfeit shelters, believers in Jesus Christ have a “STORM SHELTER”!

1. Jesus is our REFUGE! (Psa 46:1-2)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”

Will you seek a shelter right now? A storm is coming. After the rapture, the terrible tribulation will be a time of God’s judgment and wrath.

2. Jesus is a STRONG TOWER! (Prov 18:10)

“10The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”

Have you ever seen a raging forest fire? Can you picture the animals running for their life? They are stampeding to get to a refuge. Interesting, isn’t it, that far too many people today are not seeking a refuge. Doesn’t that concern you?

3. Jesus is a ROCK SOLID FOUNDATION! (Matt 7:24-27)

“4Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

The wind and the storms are inevitable. Everybody needs a refuge. That refuge is Jesus! Run. Run to Him. Hide underneath His sheltering arms.

Conclusion: The Psalmist said, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”

Praise the Lord for a ROCK that is higher than us!!

“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” (1Cor 10:4)
 
REMEMBER…. Jesus is our ROCK!
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese

 



Does Doctrine Matter?

Introduction: Does it really matter what you believe? Ask Paul. Ask John. Ask Jesus.

1. Ask Paul! (1Tim 4:12-16; 6:3)

“12Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery……16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee…. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness.”

If DOCTRINE was not important, then why did God the Holy Spirit mention it so much?
 
16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2Tim 3:16)

Did you notice all the times Paul mentioned the word “doctrine”?

It (doctrine) is the word διδασκαλία,(did-as-kal-ee’-ah), which means instruction, or teaching.

Then again, Paul writes in his last letter before his execution these words.

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2Tim 4:2)

2. Ask John! (1John 4:1; 2John 7-10)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

Obviously, there are false teachers who will teach false doctrine.

“7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.”

John is saying study your bible! Otherwise, you will not be able to tell what is right and what is wrong.

3. Ask Jesus! (Matt 23:1-3)

“1Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.”

Jesus spoke the TRUTH! (John 1:14)
Jesus is the TRUTH! (John 14:6)

Conclusion: Is there a right way and a wrong way to teach the Bible? Yes. According to Paul, John, Jesus and other biblical writers doctrine is extremely important. How much more in these days is proper Scriptural expositional teaching important? Do you agree?
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese

 



Without a Defense

Introduction: While on the one hand, CHRISTians are to be ready to give a DEFENSE, on the other hand – atheists who deny God, do not have a DEFENSE. Can you prove that Scripturally? Take me to the place in the Bible where this is found. Can you?
After this devotion you will be able to… check out the contrast of these two passages.
 

1. Peter writes, (1Pet 3:15)

“15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

Notice the words be ready to give an “answer.” “Answer” is ἀπολογία: (ap-ol-og-ee’-ah), which means to give a verbal defense (particularly in a law court). Can you give a logical defense for what you believe?
 

2. Paul writes, (Rom 1:18-20)

“18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

The words “without excuse” are ἀναπολόγητος, anapologétos: (an-ap-ol-og’-ay-tos) which means without (ground of) defense, indefensible, inexcusable. What a contrast! The CHRISTIAN is to be ready to give a defense, whereas an atheist has no defense.
 
Conclusion: Now we see the more reason we should “study” the Bible. Why? In order to give a defense! Can you logically defend what you believe and why? Thank you for taking time to read these DEVOTIONS. They are meant to equip us to be ready to GIVE a DEFENSE for what we believe.
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese