Facing the Giants in 2023

Introduction: Are you facing any GIANTS in 2023? Probably. But how can we face the GIANTS and win?
 

1. We’ve got to be ready for the GIANTS! (1Sam 17:4-10)

“And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. 6And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. 7And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. 8And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. 9If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. 10And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.”

There are GIANTS that will come against us (world, flesh, and the devil). Right? How big is your GIANT?
 

2. We’ve got to know the GIANT KILLER! (1Sam 17:26)

“26And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Don’t forget. Our God is a LIVING God….Jesus Christ!
 

3. We’ve got to trust the GIANT KILLER! (1Sam 17:34-37)

“4And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.”

David had been in battles before and experienced Victory because of his God. Have you? David had confidence in his relationship with his Lord.
 
Conclusion: Will you turn, trust and triumph in Jesus over your GIANTS today?
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


Leadership 101

Introduction: God always has the final say so! Wise leaders know that. Unwise leaders do not. This Psalm explains God’s perspective on this matter.

Check it out.

1. Listen to the Leaders of different lands! (Psa 2:1-3)

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”

Some men think that they are in control. How foolish!

Admittedly, at first, it appears man is in control. But gradually and prophetically, we can be assured that our God is in control. Watch and see.

2. Listen to the Lord laugh! (Psa 2:4-6)

“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.”

Imagine. God laughing! Leaders think they control things. Really? Disillusioned? Look at history (His story).

3. Listen and love the Lord! (Psa 2:6-12)

“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

Kiss the Son! Don’t you love it?

Every knee will bow. Every tongue confess. Jesus Christ is Lord!

Conclusion: God is in control! He raises up leaders as well as takes them down. We can trust Him. Things are moving according to His will.

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese
 


New Year – New Motivation

Introduction: Do you lack motivation? Why should we serve our Lord? Will it matter? When will it matter? What reasons do we have in the Bible to be a witness? 

I love 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. 

1. Reason # 1 – Jesus loved us first, and gave His all! (2Cor 5:14,15)

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

Bottom line: 

Only a selfish person will live for self. Once saved, a CHRISTian realizes how and why he or she is alive and what they are to do in this life, namely, allow Jesus Christ to live in and through them for His glory….making a difference. 

2. Reason # 2 – Jesus will be our Judge one day! (2Cor 5:10)

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

Judgment is coming. The judgment seat of Christ is waiting for every believer! How will you stand before Jesus? What will He say?

3. Reason # 3 – Because Jesus has changed our life, we should want others to experience the same! (2Cor 5:17, 18-21)

“17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

As blood bought believers, we are ambassadors/witnesses. How are you doing? Remove excuses. Start today. Prepare for tomorrow.

Conclusion: If this devotion does not motivate you to love and serve the Lord, something is wrong! On the other hand, keep drinking from this truth and stay focused on God’s will for your life.

Love y’all, 
Dr. Randy Reese

 

 



Leaving Behind Pressing Forward

“10That 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)

Introduction: Some things we need to FORGET, like our old sins! But some things we need to REMEMBER. We need to REMEMBER where we are going, who we are, and what Jesus has done in us, and has promised to do through us.

1. Who we are in Christ! (Eph 1:3-7)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”

Certainly, we have a NEW IDENTITY in Jesus Christ. Therefore we have a NEW SECURITY in Him.

2. Where are we going? (Heb 13:14)

“For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”

The New Jerusalem is in the future for all believers in Jesus Christ (see Rev 21,22).

3. What has Jesus done? (Col 2:13-15)

“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

Praise the Lord! Some people’s religion is… Do. But for the CHRISTIAN it’s… Done by Jesus. Now that does not mean passivity on the part of believers. Instead, it means cooperation under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Conclusion: Now you see why Paul could say, “I press on to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Press on.
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese

 



The New Me in 2023

Introduction: What will 2023 hold? We do not know. But we do know Jesus holds 2023! 

Check out the New Me in 2023:

1. The Brand New Will in 2023! (2Cor 1:1)

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:”

The word “will” means desire. God has a desire for us. Do you know His will? More importantly. Are you doing His will? Some things are spelled out in Scripture. Some are not. Are you walking in His will?

2. The Brand New Strength in 2023! (2Cor 1:3-5)

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

Praise the Lord! Our “Hurts” are turned into God’s “Healing” and then we in turn we “Help” others. 

3. The Brand New Faith & trust in 2023! (2Cor 1:9)

“But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.”

Did you notice that Paul said “trust in the Lord”? Our faith is in Him not in ourselves. We are limited but He is unlimited!

4. The Brand New Victory in 2023! (2Cor 1:10)

“Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.”

Victory is in Jesus! He’s victorious, therefore we are victorious in Him.

5. The Brand New Prayer Power in 2023! (2Cor 1:11)

“Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.”

Do you need your prayer life to go to another level? Why not dedicate yourselves to this most important calling? If you will, you (we) will discover a whole new dimension of usefulness for our Lord’s glory. 

6. The Brand New Grace in 2023! (2Cor 1:12)

“For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”

Grace for the Race is in Place! From root to fruit, it’s all by His GRACE.

7. The Brand New Destiny & Security in 2023! (2Cor 1:21-23)

“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”

Filled and Sealed.

The New You? Did you know we’ve been “sealed”? That is why we need to be “filled.” 

Conclusion: All of this and more is ours in 2023. Think about it. Rejoice over it. Look forward to it. And remember, give God the glory!

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese
 


Crowning the New Year

“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.”

(Psa 65:11)

Introduction: What a great Bible verse! From January 1st to December 31st, the Lord “crowns” it with His GOODNESS. 

The word “crown” is : עָטַר, : (aw-tar’), which means to surround. In other words, the Lord surrounds the year. That means from Winter time to Spring, Summer, and Fall, He crowns it. 

1. This Psalm magnifies the God of CREATION.

He feeds the birds, clothes the lilies, and provides our daily bread.

His eyes run throughout the whole earth. He reigns on His throne in the heavens. Check out the highest mountain and the deepest sea. What about the sun that warms the earth? It rotates on its axis without the slightest degree of error. The moon was placed into the sky along with trillions of stars. 

God’s beauty is demonstrated every day and night. He has numbered and named all the stars (Psa 147:3-5).

“He heals the brokenhearted

And binds up their [e]wounds.

4He counts the number of the stars;

He [f]gives names to all of them.

5Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;

His understanding is [g]infinite.”

This is Undeniable evidence of a mighty God! This should even convince the stubborn atheist. 

2. The Lord God made us! (Psa 8:4-6)

“4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.”

The Lord made us to rule but be dependent upon Him. Because He is all wise, all knowing, and all powerful, we need Him!

There’s no God like our God!

3. Time, Space and Matter was created by God! (Gen 1:1)

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Jesus Christ created it all!

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Col 1:16-17)

Did you notice that Jesus made it and is holding it together?

Conclusion: We serve the God of CREATION! He is the God of our SALVATION! Therefore,  He is worthy of all EXALTATION!

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese

 



God-Given Goals for 2023

Introduction: Do you set goals? Someone has well said, “if we aim at nothing, we are sure to hit it”! Here are some reachable and reasonable goals for 2023:

1. Resist evil in your heart! (Prov 4:23)

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Put a guard on your heart.

2. Renew your mind! (Rom 12:1,2)

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

The battle is fought and won in the mind.

3. Redeem the time! (Eph 5:16)

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Time is ticking. Make the best use of it.

4. Reach out with the Good News! (Matt 28:18-20)

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

This is the good news! Jesus lives!! Jesus saves!!! Go tell it!!!!

5. Run the race of holiness! (Heb 12:1-3)

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

This life of holiness is like a race. Don’t look back, keep going forward.

6. Release unforgiveness! (Eph 4:32)

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

Hold on to bitterness or let it go!

7. Remember Jesus is coming again! (1Thess 4:13-18)

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Jesus will come again. Are you ready?

Conclusion: If you will set these as goals in 2023, the Lord will be glorified, you will be edified, and the lost will be multiplied.
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese

 



A Prayer for the New Year

Introduction: This is a tremendous verse in the third epistle of John. While there are three men in the Church that John addresses, this verse stands alone as a mountain peak. It was meant for the first of the three men, Gaius.
 
Make it a prayer. But please note that this is not a “name it and claim it” verse for those who are not walking with the Lord. That is the key for His BLESSINGS.
 

1. This is for those who Walk in the TRUTH of God’s Word! (3 John 3-4)

“For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Evidently Gaius was obedient to the promptings of Holy Spirit. Apparently, he was not living in darkness. It seems obvious that he was not living in habitual sin. For some reason this message is lacking today with the SEEKER friendly – pop-psychology sermons and Bible studies today! It is true that the masses of people living as they please – living for SELF – gravitate to this teaching. Why? Because it makes them FEEL GOOD while living in their sin, being taught and thinking that God just overlooks it. No problem. Live in disobedience but still “name it and claim it”? These and other Scriptures in the epistles (1John 3:6-10) refute this FALSE teaching. When we sin, we must confess it in order to be in fellowship with Jesus Christ (1John 1:5-2:2).
 

2. Once walking in TRUTH, then make this a prayer. (3 John 2)

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

Praise the Lord! This means prospering in body, soul, and spirit…etc. Make it your prayer!!
 
Conclusion: Please notice the order.
 
1. Walk in Truth
2. Pray in Faith
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese


Praying in the New Year

Praying in the New Year

Praying in the New Year

Introduction: How should we pray in the New Year? Let’s look at the model prayer of Jesus.

1. Focus on Who to pray to! (Matt 6:9)

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”

Thank God we have a Heavenly Father who knows our needs.

2. Focus on How to pray! (Matt 6:10)

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

When Jesus brings His Kingdom there will be PEACE. Even so come, Lord Jesus.

3. Focus on What to pray! (Matt 6:11-13)

“11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”

We need the Lord daily. Do you take time to pray daily? Why not start?

Conclusion: Don’t forget to end your prayer by saying….

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matt 6:13)

Good news. His Kingdom rules!

Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese 


Bringing in the New Year

Introduction: No doubt the New Year will bring New Challenges, New Opportunities, and New Breakthroughs. What are you praying? How should we pray? How should we prepare? Are we supposed to exercise faith?

1. Pray Now. (James 4:2,3)

“… yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Our Lord invites us to pray and trust Him. Are you? What are you praying? Who are you praying for? What should you be praying?

2. Plan Now. (James 4:13-15)

“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”

The New Year (2023) may hold some challenges that we need to plan for beforehand (even though we do not know what they are). It pays to pray beforehand and it pays to plan beforehand; i.e. financially, relationally, etc.

3. Patience Now. (James 5:7)

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.”

Pass the patience please! Now!! Interruptions. Changes. Disappointments. Setbacks….etc. Patience needed!

4. Prepare Now. (James 5:8,9)

“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.”

At the end of the day, as well as the beginning of the day, prepare for Jesus Christ to return for His Church. Are you watching? Waiting? Worshipping? Witnessing?

Conclusion: If you will look back over this list of biblical principles and apply them before and during the New Year, it will indeed be a BLESSED NEW YEAR!
 
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese