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A Weekly Devotional 5/18/2019

 

"A Word"


"A Weekly Devotional"


Who Am I?


In my observation of society today, there seems to be a major identity crisis. Many people struggle daily trying to figure out just who they are and what they are supposed to be doing. Amid this crisis, people find themselves searching in all the wrong places and finding all the wrong answers. Society has assumed certain expectations upon its people and quite frankly these expectations don’t match up with what the Creator, (God), says. 


In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, He created the moon, stars and the sun. He then created man from the dust of the ground and molded him into His image. He then breathed the breath of life into the man He created. My friend if you struggle with finding yourself or society has put you down and made you feel inferior for who you are, know this - The God of all creation, the God who doesn’t make mistakes formed you, He created you, He breathed life into you. He has a purpose for you.


Keep your head up and be proud of who you are. For the Bible tells us that we were fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14)


Smile because God loves you!


May God Bless You,  

Pastor Shane Johnson  

Pastor of Pathway Fellowship  

770 Hwy. 17 Business Surfside Beach, SC

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A Weekly Devotional 05/11/19

  

“A Word”


A Weekly Devotional


How to handle doubt when you’re in a trial


It says in Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 15, For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.


Jesus is perfect and of course we are not without sin, but we are supposed to be Christ-like. When we are tempted during our trials, we should focus on Jesus to help us through. It says in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. Jesus has gone before us and has conquered the world. Who else to help us through our tribulations then Him.


Adrian Rodgers wrote, “When something bad happens to us, we may respond, “What did I do? I must have done something terrible.” Then we proceed down the trail of morbid introspection or what I call “navel gazing.” We look inside, taking ourselves apart piece by piece, examining and re-examining. Then we put ourselves back together trying to figure out what we did wrong. 


It may be you’ve done absolutely nothing wrong, but God is simply testing your faith. If we don’t understand this, we may get discouraged.”


1 Peter 1:7 says, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:


Jesus uses trials to shape and mold us in His image. Don’t let your doubts interfere with His work, because you could be missing a blessing. Be thankfully when we our in these valleys, because when we come out, we will be closer to Jesus then ever before. 

A Weekly Devotional 5/4/2019

  

STEP OUT AND TRUST HIM


A Weekly Devotional


Many of us have had experiences in life where we had to trust and believe that things were going to work out the way we had planned. 


In fact we experience this everyday.


How, you might say. If we drive a car, sit down in a chair, use an elevator, fly in a plane, we demonstrate faith in those things to operate and perform the way they were designed to. Not many of us examine a chair before we sit down in it, do we? We just plop right down assuming it will support the weight of our body. Why is it that we have no problem putting faith in these things, but when it comes to putting our faith in God we struggle? 

If this is you, you are not alone. 


In Matthew chapter 14:22-32, 

The disciples find themselves on a boat, in a storm, without Jesus. As the waves rise and the winds increase, fear sets in on the disciples. 


Then off in the distance they see an image walking on the water. The disciples question who this is, and the image claims to be Jesus. Peter says if it be thou you Lord, bid me to come out on the water.

Jesus allows this to happen and Peter steps out onto the water. His eyes fixed on Jesus and he proceeds towards Him. All around Peter the winds and waves become stronger and Peter shifts his focus from Jesus to the storm . Instantly Peter begins to sink and starts to drown. Jesus saves Peter and they go into the ship and immediately the winds and waves subsided. 


Do you feel like you are drowning?


Do you have trouble exercising faith when everything seems to be crashing around you?

Just like Peter, many of operate with a little bit of faith, I mean he did step out on the water. But as soon as it got rough, his faith was tested and Peter failed the test. 


Good news, Jesus didn’t let Peter drown! Jesus saved Peter and escorted him back to the ship!

My friend, when it seems like life is crashing all around you, when you feel like you can barley keep you head above water , there is only one answer to your problems and His name is Jesus!

Put your faith in God and He will see you through. 


 

May God Bless You, 

Pastor Shane Johnson 

Pastor of Pathway Fellowship 

770 Hwy. 17 Business

Surfside Beach, SC


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A Weekly Devotional 4/26/2019

                         

A Weekly Devotional


Blessings and Cursings 


I John 2:6 “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.”

We are meant to be Christ like. To walk as He walked. This includes how we speak and what we say. A good thing to follow can be found in James 3:10 “ Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” They ought not to be so. We have a responsibility given to us by Jesus Christ, to share the truth. Our tongues can be a hindrance. How can we share what Jesus has done for us if the next words out of our mouth are curses, gossip, or any words not showing love for our brothers. 


How are we supposed to be a witness for Christ when we don’t set ourselves to a different standard then the world. The lost are looking for something to fill their lives, they need to see a difference in us as Christians. They need to see what Jesus has done for us, in our lives. 


II Corinthians 7:9-10 “Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”


We will feel conviction for the things we say, a Godly sorrow or grief. This is His way of showing us we are not walking in a Christ like manner. If you are not feeling this conviction, pray! Pray begging for His mighty presence in your life. When we were saved, we felt this same conviction. God is always listening, pray!


If you have not been saved by God’s abounding grace search for Him. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but through Him. (John 14:6). God’s will is for everyone to be saved, but that is your choice. For eternal life follow Him. Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”


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A Weekly Devotional 4/20/2019

  

I’M A GOOD PERSON, AND THAT IS ENOUGH


Most of the population consider themselves to be good people. In many of my conversations with people about their relationship with Jesus, the most popular response I receive is “I am a good person”.

 

This statement however true it may seem to the person making that claim is not so accurate. 

Satan is a master of deception and he will say and do anything to trick us into believing that we are good enough on our own. The Bible states in Romans 3:10, “There is none righteous, no, not one.”

From the beginning of time it has been a ploy of Satan to lead people away from establishing or maintaining a relationship with Jesus. In the 3rd chapter of Genesis the serpent, Satan, used his tricky strategy to cause Adam and Eve to abandon their relationship with God. He found Eve gazing at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve was attracted to the good side and seeing how good it was she assumed that because it appeared good it would be ok to take a fruit from it and eat it. The problem with this is that it was the one commandment that God issued to them. “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 3:17 KJV) Eve had submitted to the deception of Satan and the lure of the goodness of the tree, this causing sin and death to enter into the world.


We can learn a lot from Eve’s fall. What she considered was good, in all actuality was damaging to all mankind. 


When we suppose that the things we do or are drawn to are good, we must question ourselves and ask if these things are pleasing to God. God is and should be our moral compass and the things we do no matter how good they may seem must line up with the Word of God.


I challenge you today to examine your lives and ask yourselves the question, “Is this good or is it of God?”.


May God Bless You, 

Pastor Shane Johnson 

Pastor of Pathway Fellowship 

770 Hwy. 17 Business

Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 4/13/19

 Anxiety, Worry and Fear


Worry and anxiety happen in our lives daily, and the stress that comes from this can take a physical toll on us. Worry, anxiety and stress all weigh us down and can make us miss what God is doing in our lives. 


Philippians 4:6 says, 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.


Paul encourages us to be careful about nothing, or to not worry, but instead to pray with honesty and humbleness, and to do so with thanks. We should humble ourselves before God, pray and be thankful, because we know that He is in control. 


None of us are perfect. Look at the disciples in Mathew 8:23-27, 23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26 And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. 27 But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!


They were anxious and full of fear. Like we all are daily. The difference is they turned to Jesus. When we put our eyes on Him, he rebukes our storms. He calms our fears and our anxieties. 

Philippians 4:13, 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 


Turn your eyes to Jesus, pray humbly and be thankful, because you know you are in His hands. Let him take control of your life and let go of your fears. 

A weekly devotional 4/6/19

  

Greetings and God bless to all of you!


It is an honor and privilege to be writing this devotional. It is my goal to help someone, by sharing the good news of Jesus and His life changing abilities.


“FEELING STRESSED”


We live in a world today that is fast paced! If you are anything like me, it seems that there are not enough hours in the day. We tend to get pulled this way and that way. We often over commit ourselves. Then the stress of not being able to be everywhere we need to be or to be everything that everyone expects us to be begins to take its toll on our lives. 


My friends you are not alone. The majority of the people around you are experiencing the same stresses you are. There is a simple solution to these self-induced stresses. The Bible tells us in Psalm 46:10 to “Be still and know that I am God”.


God never intended for us to be defeated. His plan for us is to be victorious. The stresses of this everyday life cause us to live below our intended design, thus causing us to feel defeated. This feeling of defeat reduces our ability to experience all the joys that this life has to offer.

 

To experience life to the fullest requires but one thing from us. That one thing is to establish a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Having a personal relationship with Jesus will transform your life. God cares about you, in fact God loves you. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. Through His death and resurrection, a new life can be established. By having simple faith in Him and believing in Him your life can be transformed. Romans 8:38 says “and all things work together for the good of them that love God and are called according to His purpose”


I challenge you this day to take a little time to get to know God and establish a relationship with Him .  It is my prayer that this will be an encouragement to any and all that may read this. 


May God Bless You, 

Pastor Shane Johnson 

Pastor of Pathway Fellowship 

770 Hwy. 17 Business

Surfside Beach, Sc.