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A Weekly Devotional 10-12-9

 "Prayer and Guidance"


I originally wanted to focus on guidance, or what’s next. How do we know where to go and how to get there, but after some thought and time in prayer, I realized that before we can go forward, we must have an understanding on how important prayer is.


When we first accept the Lord’s salvation we must pray. Pray for forgiveness, believe He is God, and profess He is God to be saved. It all starts with a prayer. Prayer is how we talk to God, whether to ask for forgiveness, advice, give thanks, or even share our fears. Through prayer God hears us and responds. Jeremiah 29:12 says, “Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.” The Hebrew word that was used for hearken is shâma. It means to hear with attention. How else can we know what to do with our lives or what direction to go in unless we pray, and God hears us with attention. Matthew 7:7-11 states, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” God tells us to ask and He will provide.


Now where do we go next. As humans we are faced with decisions on a daily or even hourly basis, that can change the outcome of where we are heading. How do we know what to choose or what direction to go in? Of course, knowing whether to commit an obvious sin or not is very clear to us, but not all choices are that cut and dry. When we face the decisions, no matter how big or small they are, we must turn to the Lord and pray. It says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” God will direct our paths when we trust in Him. Psalms 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.” God will instruct us and teach us to know which is the right direction and do so watching us the whole time. Like a parent teaching their child to ride a bike. He will tell us the right way and because He is watching us, when we fall, He will be there to catch us.


In closing remember God will lead us and teach us. And when we seek Him and pray He will hear us attentively. Jesus said in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” If you have asked God for forgiveness and for His salvation, then take this time to ask Him for His direction and His guidance.

A Weekly Devotional 10-5-19

“Seek Your Direction From God”


As we live our daily lives, we are often inclined to seek opinions from others. Often times, a common response from those we solicit for advice is " do whatever makes you feel good." Seems like a logical response, and quite often seems like great advice. Many in the world today are constantly seeking to find those things that make them feel good. But not everything that seems good, always turns out to be good.


In Genesis 2:16-17, God instructs Adam, "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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." These are pretty easy instructions to follow right? Just don't eat from this tree and you live forever. Moving on down a few verses to Genesis chapter 3:6 “ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”


At this point man was separated from God by sin. What Eve thought was good and pleasant, actually cursed mankind for eternity. Sometimes in life things appear to be good, and sometimes they are. But not everything that is “good” to us is actually good for us. How do we determine what is good for us?


Spend time in prayer before making decisions. Ask God for guidance and direction. Trust and follow His leading.


May God Bless You,
Pastor Shane Johnson
Pathway Fellowship Church
770 Hwy. 17 Business
Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 9-29-19

“Temptation”


We all face temptation. Temptation is that eager voice egging us on to be sinful. It can come from the devil or it can even come from our flesh, our own desires. Jesus was even tempted. We should remember He was man and God. In Hebrews 2 it tells us in verse 18, “For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succor them that are tempted.” Succor means to help or aid. Always remember when you are tempted that Jesus has been through it, and He is there to help you.


He lays out a few ways of how He will help in Luke 22:40 “And when He was at the place, He said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.” Prayer is the most important thing we can ever do. We pray for help, we pray to thank and praise, and we pray for guidance. God is always there and when we are tempted, we should fall on our knees and ask for help.


The second thing we can do is explained in Matthew 5:28-29 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” I do not believe that Jesus really wants us to pluck out our own eye. I believe He uses this metaphor to explain to us that we need to take out parts of our lives that might lead us to temptation. Let’s say you’re a recovering alcoholic and everyday home from work you pass the same bar you use to always frequent. And for the most part you are strong enough in your convictions to stay away, but we all have those days where the temptation can be too much. So, pluck it out, go home a different way. If you have a problem swearing when your around certain friends, try witnessing to them, and if it doesn’t help, pluck them from your life.


God told us in I Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” God will not give us anything we can’t handle. However, He also tells us how to handle them. Through Him, because He has gone through it already, through prayer, and lastly getting rid of things in your life that can lead you to temptation.

A Weekly Devotional 9-21-19

“Cast Your Cares Upon Him ”


One of my least favorite things to do is grocery shopping. The neighborhood Walmart is only one mile away from my house door to door, so as you could imagine we spend a lot of time at the Walmart. When we buy groceries for the week, we load up the buggy, checkout, then load up the trunk or backseat. Then comes the fun part. I get to see if I can carry everything that we just purchased into the house in one trip. I know that I am not the only one that tries this, am I?


Okay, okay on with the point. Many times, I have managed to get all the bags in my hands, get the car door or trunk lid shut only to realize that all this stuff is too heavy for me to carry the entire way inside. I have acquired too much baggage and I am unable to carry out the task at hand. The funny thing is that this is not the only place it happens in our lives. It's easy for us to visualize the thought of someone trying to carry too much weight at one time. we would be able to see them struggling. We would see evidence that this weight was too much for them to bare. Most people would realize that they were trying to carry too much weight and probably set some of it down. Physically trying to carry too much weight puts a strain on our muscles, causing us to become tired, sore, and quite possibly injured. Emotionally and Spiritually, the same is true. We are not and were not ever designed to carry all burdens (weights) that we accumulate in our lives. Have you ever felt weighed down by burdens, cares, worries in your life? Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you felt like you couldn't go on? My friends you are not alone, a large percentage of those around you are weighed down, burdened by things in their lives. What are we supposed to do? How are we going to get through this? I don't know that I can carry one more burden, where do I find help?


Friend try Jesus! I Peter 5:7 says "Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you." God has given us a place to find rest from the burdensome world that we live in. He has given us a place to find comfort and peace from all the cares, worries and concerns in our lives. He has given us someone to comfort us and to carry our worries away.


All we have to do is give them over to Him, trust Him that He will handle them. Leave them there! Do not make the mistake of picking those burdens back up and taking them with you. Allow God to work those things out in your life, trust in Him. He will see you through!

    

May God Bless You,
Pastor Shane Johnson
Pathway Fellowship Church
770 Hwy. 17 Business
Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 9-14-19

“The Heart of the Unsaved”


Some people teach that all men possess an amount of divinity. Not so, according to the Word of God. Man was created in the image of God. Through Adam’s fall all men are born in sin and shaped in iniquity. Psalm 51:5 KJV “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” And Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV says “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” God looked down on man from heaven and found that none of His children understood about seeking Him. “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Psalm 14:3 KJV.


Isaiah 53:6 gives us the plain, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Him being Jesus. The Word of God clearly teaches that man outside of salvation that is in Christ Jesus, is hopelessly lost. That he does not possess a bit of divinity but rather possesses a nature destined to damn the soul because the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God. I Corinthians 2:14 teaches “But 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.” And I John 2:15-17 says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”


Jesus, by the grace of God tasted death for every man. Hebrews 2:9 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” All men outside the grace of God in Jesus Christ are under a curse and those who refuse to accept God’s grace must face that curse which in the end will bring them to eternal damnation.


All who have not been born of the Spirit and washed in the blood are children of the devil. Jesus said “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44. But if you have accepted Jesus Christ and are washed in the blood “Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26


People who have not been saved by the blood of Jesus (He is readily available to us) are moving nearer every day to the gates of hell. God, through the death and resurrection of His Son has made a way for us to be saved and gain eternal life. If you don’t know Jesus and need prayer or help understanding how to be saved or just want to talk, please reach out and contact this ministry via message or email and include your number if you would like to talk. We will be there for you.


A Saved Man,
Jimmy Tyler

A Weekly Devotional 9-7-19

"ONE DECISION AWAY"


Every one of us have many things in common, even though we may differ in race, culture, gender; one thing will always be the same in all of us. The one commonality that I am speaking of, is the fact that we are all required to make decisions. Decisions ranging from what we eat, what we wear, where we live, what we drive, friends, spouses, how we respond to things and the list goes on. Many of us are comfortable making decisions and some of us are not that fond of having to decide anything. The cold hard truth is that each and every one of us will be faced with decisions, each and every one of us will be required to make one very important decision.


In Luke 23:32-43, we see an example of that decision. On the day that Jesus was crucified there were two thieves hanging on crosses on either side of Him. The crowd gathered around to watch the crucifixion of Jesus were shouting and mocking Jesus, they were laughing and having fun watching Him suffer. One of the thieves joined along with the crowd and mocked Jesus from the cross that he was sentenced to die. The other thief saw something special in Jesus, he saw that Jesus was the Son of God. He knew that Jesus was his only way off of that cross. Each of the thieves had a decision to make, to die in their sins or to accept Christ as their savior. Only one of them made the right choice. (Luke 23:42) "and he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom". The other thief decided to go along with the crowd. He chose to do what everyone else was doing. He decided to doubt and deny that Jesus was the Son of God. (Luke 23:39) "and one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, if Thou be the Christ, save Thyself and us". Jesus responded to the thief that said Lord remember me, (Luke 23:43) "and Jesus said unto him, verily I say unto thee, today thou shalt be with Me in paradise.”


Because of his decision to acknowledge Christ as Lord, because of his request for remembrance, Jesus granted him forgiveness of all his wrong doings, of all his sins. In that decision he was made a child of God and that paradise Jesus promised was Heaven.


My friends each and every one of us are just one decision away from changing your lives forever. When faced with the opportunity to make that decision, how will you decide, whom will you chose?

Joshua 24:15 "…choose you this day whom you will serve;…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”


May God Bless You,


Pastor Shane Johnson
Pathway Fellowship Church
770 Hwy. 17 Business
Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 8-31-19

"THE HARDEST TO FORGIVE"


In my personal experience, the hardest person to forgive has been myself. We hold on to the guilt of our past sins and tend to dwell there at times. The Bible says in II Corinthians 7:10, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” We are supposed to feel guilt or a Godly sorrow. However, this is to push us to asking for forgiveness. There are people who state that the Bible doesn’t talk about guilt or self-forgiveness, but for me it does.


First, let us all remember that we all sin. In Romans 3:23 it states, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”. We are all sinners who need God’s forgiveness. You are not alone, no matter what sin you have committed. God’s forgiveness is forever, and it is true forgiveness. A few verses that show this are Jeremiah 31:34, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Another being Psalms 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.” After we examine these two verses, we can understand that God forgives all of us, from the least to the greatest of us, and that once we have asked God to forgive us that He remembers our sin no more, and He has removed our sin as far as the east is from the west.


If God can forgive our sin and forget it, why can’t we? Did we truly ask for forgiveness? Asking for forgiveness isn’t just saying hey I’m sorry. It’s more of a commitment. Committing to strive to not commit that same sin again. Nobody is perfect, but we must strive to be. If you have truly asked for forgiveness, then we must move forward. It says in Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, 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, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”


Remember when God forgives, He forgets. We should not be dwelling on past sin but moving forward. And when we ask for true forgiveness, we must be willing to leave that sin behind.

A Weekly Devotional 8-24-19

"WHY WAIT?"


Taking a look at the world today, at the society we have helped create, I have to wonder how soon it will be before Jesus returns? Many may say that "I have been hearing that my whole life", and they would be correct. I have been hearing that my whole life and I have been expecting His return just as long. Many people tend to think that they will have enough time to get ready, to make the preparations, to get right with God before it is too late.


The second coming of Christ has no projected forecast date, no estimated time of arrival. The bible tells us that "in a moment, in the twinkling of eye" (I Corinthians 15:52, Mathew 24:30), that Christ would appear in the clouds to call His Children home. Scripture also tells us that "no one knows the day nor the hour" (Mathew 24:36). The devil is operating in overdrive. He and his army of demonic forces are out seeking whomever they may destroy, by using one of their most destructive weapons, deception. The enemy would love for you to continue on the path of destruction, he would love for you to believe that you are a good person, he would love for you to believe that you don't need a savior, he would love for you to believe that Jesus is not coming back.


Friends society has conditioned us to believe that when something bad happens, or we mess up, or we do wrong, that we have the right to place blame on someone else. We have become a people that fails to accept responsibility for our actions. This is Satan's plan, he has tricked us into thinking that we can blame someone else, that if we can just point the finger at someone else, that we would somehow not be held responsible for our actions. The plan is working!


We must be aware of his deceptive ploy. We must realize in fact that we are responsible for our own actions. That we must give an account for all of our actions and our inaction. Do not be deceived any longer, each and every one of us needs a Savior, each and every one of us are sinners. Sin has a debt that must be paid. "For the wages of sin is death…" (Romans 6:23). Sin has a debt that has been paid, for all who will believe in Jesus. "...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Jesus is coming back, your belief or denial will not affect His return, however your belief or denial will affect your eternity.


Why wait any longer? Won't you choose Jesus today?


May God Bless You,
Pastor Shane Johnson
Pathway Fellowship Church
770 Hwy. 17 Business
Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 8-23-19

"EXAMINE MY CHRISTIAN WALK"


When God saved us, it was not a Sunday Salvation. He loved us so that He was nailed to a tree. He as an example wants our love in return – not part time. At the day of our salvation we are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. He is our guide if we will listen. With the Holy Spirit and the written Word, we have a road map for life.


John 15:7-12 KJV “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples. As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love. These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”


If you be obedient to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit you will be a productive Christian and a great asset to God’s Work. Remember that God is with you. You are never alone.

John 17:16-22 KJV “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth. As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one:”


He wants us to take the Word to a lost world just as He did. Once we are saved, we become an extension of Jesus. We are to love the people that do not know and take God’s Word to them where ever ….door-to-door, on the street, in the retail stores…..God will put people in your path. Do your job.


God loves everyone and He does not want anyone to go to hell. If you don’t know Jesus and need prayer or help understanding how to be saved just reach out. We will be there for you.


Brother Jimmy Tyler

A Weekly Devotional 8-17-19

"CONSEQUENCES FOR FORGIVEN SIN"


The consequence of sin is death. However, through Jesus Christ, God has given us a chance for forgiveness of sin. Salvation. This does not give us a free pass. Instead it shields us from eternal damnation. We still face consequences of our sins. An example would be the Israelites in the desert. When they sinned against God and worshiped false idols, God did forgive them, but they spent forty more years wandering, before He gave them their promise land. A clearer example is of David, a man after God’s on heart, who killed Bathsheba’s husband, because he lusted after her so. And in II Samuel 12:13-14 the Bible says, “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said unto David, “The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born to thee shall surely die. ”David was free from death, but not free from the consequences of forgiven sin.


We are not perfect people and we will sin. He will forgive us when we ask, but we will still face the consequences of forgiven sin. We will face these consequences because God is our Father and He loves us. Just as a parent disciplines their child, not to hurt them, but to teach them. When we face these consequences, we should remember Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.”


We should strive for perfection, but we know we will fall short. God will chastise us, but He will forgive us. We should take responsibility for our actions and not put blame on others. When Moses came back down from the mountain and the Israelites were worshiping the false idols, Aaron took no responsibility and said in Exodus 32:22 “And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my Lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.” He refused to take responsibility for his own actions. However, Moses did the opposite in Exodus 32:32 “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.” He was willing to take full responsibility for their actions, even though he was not there with them.


When it comes to the consequences of forgiven sin, will you be a Moses or an Aaron.

A Weekly Devotional 8-10-19

"IT IS NOT A BLOODLESS RELIGION"


I’m a little embarrassed to say that it has only been recently that I’ve realized why God rejected Cain’s sacrifice. I mean, Cain was a farmer and Abel was a shepherd. It made sense that Cain would bring something from his farm and Abel something from his flock.

I’ve heard/read sermons/Bible studies that explain that the difference in their sacrifices had to do with what was in the heart. Well, yes, ultimately it was about what was in the heart, but it’s a little deeper than what you see on the surface. And that was my problem. I didn’t see anywhere in the Scripture where we knew what was in their hearts. Of course, God knew, but since it was included in the Bible, I knew there was a lesson for me. So, I read and thought about it but saw nothing that would give me an understanding of how I could know what was going on in their hearts.


And then I realized recently, Abel’s was a blood sacrifice and Cain’s was not. “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9: 22 Without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sin. Jesus became that once and for all sacrifice for all those who would believe. But in the old testament, a sacrifice was still required. A Blood sacrifice, so it was a heart problem after all. It was the equivalent of a person who goes to church and does “Christian” things and a person who truly gives their heart to Jesus. I have a real concern about lost church members. In the Bible, 5 of the ten virgins weren’t ready when the bridegroom came. That’s not referring to people who don’t even realize Jesus is the Way and Only Way. In today’s world more than ever, there are people who believe there are so many ways they are going to heaven. The Bible says Jesus is the only way and anyone who tries to get in any other way is the same as a thief or a liar.


Those misguided people are sad enough but that isn’t the kind of people the Bible is referring to in the ten virgins…. it means church people. People who know Jesus is the only way, people who might even be active in church or even may have made a profession of faith. But it wasn’t a real profession and they’re just operating in a bloodless religion. You have to be covered by the blood, washed in the blood, the blood has to be applied.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18


Check your heart. Be sure that you aren’t operating on emotion, tradition, habit, or just a “head” knowledge of Jesus. Be sure that that you have a true relationship with Him…. that you know there was a moment in your life that God called you and you accepted Him and you know it was real and not just an emotion because there was something different in your life.


The enemy will tell you that you are okay when you aren’t. The enemy will make you embarrassed to make things right because everyone already thinks you are right. Who cares what they think if you go to hell? If their hearts are right, they’ll rejoice at you getting yours right. The enemy will remind you of all the good things you’ve done with or for your church and ask you how a lost person can do those things? Easy. Lost people do good things all the time. Sometimes people are just kind and sometimes people desire the praise of man. But if your motive was anything other serving and sharing Jesus, check your heart.


So, the difference between Cain and Abel really was a heart problem after all. Because it isn’t a bloodless religion. Because the relationship must be real. I love the old hymn “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?” Are you? Don’t be like Cain.


Angela Cox
My Thoughts
A Christian Wife, Mother and Grandmother

A Weekly Devotional 8-3-19

"MAKING ARRANGEMENTS"


Have you ever found yourself planning a big trip, vacation, or even what you are going to have for dinner this week? Quite honestly, many of us today cannot function without having a plan or a schedule. Many of us plan months ahead of time for our yearly vacations. We select a destination, book a place to stay, make the travel arrangements and research things to do in the area that we are planning to visit.


In reality, many people today, take the time to plan for future events like vacations, meetings, dinner dates and the list goes on. It is a sad fact that most people today overlook making plans or arrangements for the most important trip of their lives. Why is it that we will plan out everything in our lives but when it comes to planning our eternal destination we procrastinate or do not even consider it?


My friends there is coming a day when making the arrangements for your eternal dwelling place will no longer be available. One day, and I believe one day soon, Jesus is coming back to earth to bring home all of His children. All of those who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior. Those who have made the appropriate arrangements will spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Those that have not are destined to spend eternity in hell.


I ask you today, have you decided to follow Jesus? Have you placed your trust in Him? Have you placed your eternal life into His nail scarred hands? Why not?


Jesus, the Son of God, died on a cross for all of mankind’s sins, He was buried, and was resurrected on the third day. He is alive! He wants you to be one of His…


What are you waiting on? What will you do? The decision is yours? Will you choose Jesus?


May God Bless You,
Pastor Shane Johnson
Pathway Fellowship Church
770 Hwy. 17 Business
Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 7-20-19

"FAITH"


Hebrews 11:1 KJV “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

The sole basis of life is faith. If we are honest with ourselves, and evaluate the way we live, we will see that the foundation of our living is based off of faith. Many of put our faith in people, things, ideologies, and concepts. By doing these things, it to a large extent determines how we live our lives .

You believe in family, the basic goodness of people, freedom, liberty and abiding by the law. These beliefs help mold you and make you the person you are. This is all great stuff, of course, that makes for a decent human being and helps create productive lives . None of it , however, is as important as what you believe about Jesus! To have faith in Jesus is to believe in His message of hope and salvation. Salvation that comes through atonement. Atonement that is only available through His cleansing blood. True faith in Jesus, however, has an additional component. It must include a personal commitment to Him. Unlike our faith in other things, faith in Jesus not only shapes our lives but it also determines our eternity.


Do you place your faith in the temporal things of life ?


Why?


Have you placed your faith in Jesus?


Why not? Your eternity depends on it.


May God Bless You,
Pastor Shane Johnson
Pathway Fellowship Church
770 Hwy. 17 Business
Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 7-13-19

"DON'T FALL INTO THE PLAN OF THE ENEMY"


“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” I Peter 5:8


I realized recently that the enemy planted the seeds of discord early on in my first marriage. I was, as most new brides are, very happy at the beginning of my marriage. I had a silly thought pop into my head in those early days 26 years ago. And I realize now that the enemy used that thought to build his case for my divorce. Almost 17 years later, my marriage was in shambles. It started with that small thought.


I could share with you the thought, but that’s insignificant. The point is, even though I had no idea what the plan was at that time, I knew it was a negative and not positive thought. I should have cast it down. Instead, I let it stay in the back of my mind.


(As a side note…. the battlefield is in your mind. What controls your thoughts, controls you. Be aware, the enemy is sneaky and deceitful. That little thought that began such a chasm in my marriage was silly and seemingly harmless. If it isn’t positive, if the outcome of such thoughts wouldn’t line up with the Word, don’t entertain it. Cast it down. And how do you fight the battles in your mind? Keeping your eyes on God, reading His word, praying, being in Bible studies and in church.)

The devil has a plan to destroy you and he’s been planning that since your birth. He has three big goals. I’m sure he has many plans to destroy each of us on any level he can, but these three things are the biggest ways he can bring destruction:


1. Keep you blinded to the truth so that you do not give your heart to Christ and accept His free gift of eternal salvation.


2. If you do accept, he wants to destroy your witness. He will do all he can to lull you back into the world! Don’t do it! Realize that you can overcome these temptations. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. How heartbreaking for your friends and family to NOT make it to heaven because of YOU…. their saved loved one still living in the world to the point that you are a bad witness. Put the drink down, clean up your language, get in church…. whatever you need to do. Whatever is going on in your life to keep you doing things you shouldn’t do or prevent you from doing the things you should do, recognize it as part of the plan to keep you from having an impact on the people you love.


3. Destroy your family. No one goes through divorce without being hurt and of course the enemy loves heaping hurt where he can. But here’s the real reason: it is the responsibility of the parents to teach their children about Christ. Nothing hurts that cause more than a broken family.

So, guard your marriage with everything you have. Besides the natural stresses of two people living one life in this fallen world, the enemy has planned from the beginning to destroy it at all costs. Recognize that and realize that your husband/wife is NOT the enemy. But you do have a real enemy and he wants to destroy your witness and your family because if it’s too late to keep you from hell, he wants to make sure your children go there. Don’t be fooled, don’t take your eyes off of what’s important. Guard your heart, guard your mind, guard your marriage.


Angela Cox
My Thoughts
A Christian Wife, Mother and Grandmother
NOTE: To read more from this blogger go to: https://rooted-in-the-word.com

A Weekly Devotional 7-6-19

"FREEDOM"


As we gathered this week for the annual Fourth of July celebration a Word was placed upon my heart. I found myself trying to just tune out from the voice of God and I was successful for a while. We began to celebrate with family and friends, laughing, playing and having a good time. It was a great day!


Then on the way home as I saw random firework explosions, I was taken back to the meaning of our celebration. As the fireworks exploded and flashed in the night sky, I wondered if that was the image that the colonist saw as they fought to gain liberty and freedom from the tyranny of an over imposing government. It must have been a difficult time for these men and women to fight for their freedoms. I believe that God looked down upon this Nation and gave them the victory they were fighting for.


That victory over the bondage of a tyrannical government has been forgotten or because of time has become less important to us. Many men and women died to give us the liberties and freedoms that many take for granted. The same God that looked down upon America and gave His grace to us for our independence is the same God that sent His only begotten Son to die on an old rugged cross so that all who accept will be set free.


Free from what you might be asking. Free from the bondage of sin. “I am good person, I am not bound by sin, I don’t do anything bad”. My friends, if this is your thought on your life, you are mistaken. Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”. All, that means everyone, no one is exempt from the oppression that sin has us bound to.


But I have good news, Jesus came and died and rose again to set all of us free. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” To many people are living under the bondage of sin and not enjoying the liberties and spiritual freedom that comes from having a relationship with Jesus.

Trust in Jesus today, be set free and begin living the life He intended for you to live.


John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”


John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”


John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”


May God Bless You, Pastor Shane Johnson Pathway Fellowship Church 770 Hwy. 17 Business Surfside Beach, SC 

A Weekly Devotional 6/24/19

"HOW BIG IS YOUR GIANT?"


Many of us face struggles daily and we get use to those daily struggles. They are so common that we tend to let them flow off our backs like water on a duck. We just deal with them and move on. But, what about those big struggles? You know, those trying times when it seems the entire world is against us. How do we handle those things when the arise in our lives? Many people shut down, try and hide from them, ignore them thinking they are going to disappear.


You my friend are not alone when it comes to problems and are truly not alone when it comes to “Giant” problems. Where do we go for help? Where do we go for answers? What is our best defense?

David was just a young boy when God chose him to be the next king of Israel. He was small in stature and not very intimidating to anyone. The Philistines wanted to destroy Israel and Gods people. There was a sect of Giants fighting alongside the Philistines. One by the name of Goliath challenged Israel. He proposed that they send their best, strongest, bravest warrior to face him one on one. No one was willing to face the giant, no one that is  except David. The young boy had confidence in his calling and confidence in His God. He knew that God would deliver him from this and any Giant that he faced. David stepped up and accepted Goliath’s challenge. David stepped out in faith and trusted God. David stood before the Giant and with a simple sling and stone he defeated Goliath.


How did this happen? By faith! By faith in God, anything can be accomplished! Facing Giants in your life? Turn to Jesus in faith and watch how He delivers you. What seems like a Giant in your life, is never too big for God to handle!


May God Bless You,

Pastor Shane Johnson

Pathway Fellowship Church

770 Hwy. 17 Business

Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 6/08/2019

"DON'T BE DEFENSELESS" 


“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city
that is broken down, and without walls.” Proverbs 25:28


This was a verse I use to teach my oldest when he was a child. He had a short fuse. Someone that is quick to anger, and even more importantly, quick to act on that anger, is an easy target. I used this verse to try to teach him how important control of his anger was.


Recently, as I was pondering another person I love, I realized this verse doesn’t just pertain to anger. It’s everything. If you have no control over your anger, your emotions, your actions, your desires…. you are a target. You are opening the door wide open for the enemy and his plans. Like a city without a wall, you are defenseless.


I was thinking of this person who has a heart of gold. He loves fiercely and protectively and is consumed with caring for those he loves. Yet, he sometimes has trouble with commitments, with staying on the straight and narrow. How can someone with such amazing love struggle with such basic things such as being reliable, keeping his commitments. How can someone who professes salvation, and I believe it to be a true confession, still struggle with church commitment and staying on the straight and narrow. In short, how can someone with such good intentions still get it wrong so much of the time?


Because he has no rule over his own spirit. We’ve all known people like that. People that were amazing and gifted in so many ways, but still struggled with so many things. They lived too much in the flesh. They lacked self-discipline. They were a city without walls.


Recently, I let my emotions get the best of me. In that five minutes that I was acting ungodly and out of control, unnecessary anger was caused, feelings were hurt, and people were humiliated. That five minutes will not be an easy fix and it wasn’t worth the cost.


We are human. We will get in the flesh sometimes; we will “get in our feelings.” But we have to remember the cost of that. It makes us defenseless. It opens the door and invites the enemy in. This hurts us, those who love us, and our witness.


Pray daily to be what He wants you to be. Pray to have that self-control. Be wise and recognize areas that you are weak in and pray extra hard for those areas. For me, it’s my emotions. I’ve resolved to find verses to go along with the one at the beginning of this post to pray over my life and to stick in strategic places to help me remember. I have index cards with Bible verses on them all over my house. I need reminders and this is how I do it. You do what works for you. Just do something! Don’t be defenseless.


Ephesians 6:11-18 King James Version (KJV)
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”


Recognize that everything is spiritual warfare and whatever areas you lack in self-control in is part of the enemy’s strategy. Do what is necessary to overcome that. Realize that you have all you need to fight any battle you need to fight through prayer. Stand on the word and put on the armor of God.


Angela Cox
My Thoughts
A Christian Wife, Mother and Grandmother
NOTE: To read more from this blogger go to: https://rooted-in-the-word.com

A Weekly Devotional 06/01/2019

"WHY ME LORD?"


I remember back before I was saved, I thought that Christians had it made. I thought that their lives were wonderful, perfect. I assumed that they didn’t experience the same trials, struggles, temptations, or disappointments that I was facing.


Then I was saved. I surrendered my life to Christ. I confessed my sins. I was forgiven and set free!  I just knew that from this point on my life was going to be different. I just knew all my troubles were over.


Boy oh Boy was I mistaken! The struggles, the trials, the temptations they didn’t disappear. In fact, now they seemed to be making a more common appearance. I didn’t understand why all of this was happening. I thought Jesus wanted me to live a better life. I struggled with understanding all of this and for some time I allowed the Evil one, (Satan) space to try and convince me that God didn’t love me, that He didn’t save me, and that He didn’t want me. I began to search out an answer in the scriptures as to why this was happening and to see if God had left an answer for me. I found my answer in the book of James.


(James 1:2-3) “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”


James is telling us that we should be excited that we are going through the trials, these temptations, the tough times, because God is attempting to strengthen our faith. While these periods of testing may become difficult, while there may seem to be no end in sight, while we may not understand why this is happening - know this - God has you! God has this under control. These trying times will only last a season. Stay positive through these periods of testing. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith!


May God Bless You,

Pastor Shane Johnson

Pathway Fellowship Church

770 Hwy. 17 Business

Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 05/25/2019

"WHAT DOES A VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIFE LOOK LIKE?"


What does a victorious Christian life look like? Most of the people I know, including Christians, are struggling, exhausted, and often distracted just like everyone else. And we know we will have troubles in this life, so what should we have during these troubles that the world does not? Peace. And so often we don’t. Why not?


What a victorious Christian life is not? It is not worry free. 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.” It is not having a lot of money. But rich or not, financial difficulties or not (and we all…even the wealthy… face them at times), the Saved have a Provider. PSALMS 37:25 –“ I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” And it is not success in any way that the world measures it. 1 JOHN 2:15 – “Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”


We all know Christians, though, that do have success by the world’s standards… successful careers, financial blessings. And we know Christians that have struggled with health issues, family issues. Why? I don’t know. I know in some cases, it’s just a case of natural (and Biblical) law of reaping what you sow. Working hard and being wise with your money will usually bring financial benefits. Not taking care of your body will usually bring about health problems. But we all know that this doesn’t apply to everything. Some hard workers never know success. Some people are born with health issues. Maybe we go through some of the things we do to bring about the relationship we need to have with God, maybe to keep us humble and reliant on Him, maybe to be able to comfort others. Again, I really don’t know, and this is something to work out individually in our relationship with Him.


What impresses you most in fellow Christians? We have all known people in our Christian walk that have really stood out to us, that we have admired, that we have looked up to. What are some of the qualities you notice in those people? For me it is humility, forgiveness, love for others. What do I notice about all of those qualities? Those are qualities not found in an abundance in people who make everything about them. We all struggle with our self-importance, our needs, our wants, our rights. But nothing, nothing is about us. It’s all about the One who Died for us.


We get caught up in our way… whether it’s not wanting to do a job God has called us to do, or disagreements with others because we need to be right. We can’t forgive others and we harbor that unforgiveness in our hearts in spite of what we’ve been forgiven of. And often the closer someone is to us, the harder it is to forgive. That spouse/family member/friend you can’t forgive? Remember this: EPHESIANS 6: 12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” AND MARK 11: 25-26 “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”


Stop giving place to the devil and hindering your prayers and forgive. Don’t believe you are also capable of some pretty hard to forgive things? Ask God to show you.


So we’ve talked about what a Victorious Christian Life isn’t, and about the qualities of some Christians that we feel are living a Victorious Christian Life. What does a Victorious Christian Life look like to you? To me, its marked by blessings and peace. How do you receive blessings? First of all, don’t equate blessings with worldly or material standards. Second of all, LOOK for them. Stop taking all that God is giving you for granted.


But most importantly, do your part. What is your part? Obedience!! ISAIAH 1: 19 “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” To be obedient means to submit to someone else’s will besides your own. To have peace you must have faith, which is the recognition that there is someone bigger than you to handle what needs to be handled.


Everything points back to getting yourself out of the way and making it all about Him MATTHEW 6: 33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Is this easy to do? Of course not. But I can tell you everything in my life that I screwed up came down to one simple thing: putting my will above His. And anything we put above Him, we are making our God. So just because you don’t formally worship another God, don’t think you are not breaking the first commandment. How can we do such a hard thing such as putting Him above our own desires? Day by day. And the closer we get to Him (by spending more time with Him), I think, the more our love will be for Him. And the more we love Him, the more we will serve Him.


Remember, you need to be the clay and let Him be the potter.


Angela Cox
My Thoughts
A Christian Wife, Mother and Grandmother

NOTE: To read more from this blogger go to: https://rooted-in-the-word.com