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A Weekly Devotional 2-8-20

“Forgive!”


Have you been done wrong, mistreated, insulted and today’s most popular saying “offended”? How did you respond? How was your attitude when insulted or offended? The natural reaction is to be defensive and retaliate. To give it right back to them.


Jesus taught a totally different response and reaction. He taught us to go beyond the most natural human response. He taught us to forgive. Wow! What a different world we’d live in if people had forgiving hearts.


We live in a society today that is easily offended and slow to forgive. In our flesh we look for opportunities to get back at someone.


But Jesus demonstrated the way we should respond to the world or anyone for that matter, when we been done wrong. While hanging on that most cruel tree, the cross of Calvary, Jesus being crucified for being the Son of God begged for His Father to grant forgiveness on them. He cried “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)


Sadly, the majority of the world seeks revenge, instead of offering forgives, yet all the while they seek forgiveness. You cannot expect to be forgiven if you are not able to extend forgiveness. We have all been done wrong, we have all been mistreated. Many of us miss out on blessings because we have not been able to forgive


Pray and ask God to teach you to forgive the way He has forgiven you. Your life will be better!


In the flesh, we might look for opportunities to pay others back for what we feel they’ve done to us. But Jesus taught that even if others act this way, we are to be different. We are to seek first God’s Kingdom and trust Him as the ultimate Judge. We are not to respond in ways we think others deserve, but in ways God wants us to – whatever would have the most impact for the Gospel.


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

A Weekly Devotional 2-1-20

 LOVE


As we at ChurchDirect.Net are finishing up our January “Confess with Your Mouth” month, we are moving into the month of love. February will be our “Love one Another” month, and the month of Valentine’s Day. Let us read what God has told us about love in I Corinthians 13:4-8, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."


The Greek word used for love, in this verse is agapē. When translated they use the word charity. Throughout the Bible there are a few different words used to describe love, some are for friendship and some are of a romantic nature, but agapē is a special one. It is an unconditional love, or a Godly love. Try reading the verse above again, but this time replace charity with unconditional love or Godly love.


Another example of this type of love is found in John 3:16, “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.” Again, the word used for love in this passage is agapē. According, to I John 4:7 (again using agapē) “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”


As we embark on this month of love, remember that God tells us what love is. That it suffers long, and is kind, and does not envy. That it is selfless and never fails. He shows an example of this love, by sending His only Son to die on a cross to save us. And He tells us, with this same love, to love one another.

A Weekly Devotional 1-25-20

“The Time Is At Hand!”


Have you ever said, or do you find yourself often saying, that something can just wait until tomorrow? Many of us get so overwhelmed or we over schedule our time to the point that it feels like there is not enough hours in the day. We then try to prioritize our responsibilities and quite often put things off until later.


Most of us have heard all our lives that Jesus will one day come back to take His children home to heaven. The only way for us to be taken to heaven upon His second coming is for us to make the decision to allow Him to be Lord of our life. Hearing this awesome news of His return should excite us and motivate us to make that decision. But most in the world today have created the false illusion that they can make that decision tomorrow.


My friends we are not promised tomorrow, and our lives could come to an end at any time .


James 4:14 says, “Whereas 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.”

The time is at hand to make the choice to follow Jesus, His return is closer now than it ever has been. Are you ready? Don’t wait ! Make that choice today!


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

A Weekly Devotional 1-18-20

“Because God Has Said So”


What comes to mind when you think of the word loser? Someone who has come up short in an athletic contest. Someone who has been rejected by a love interest. Perhaps simply someone who misplaced an object such as their keys. In the common vernacular a loser has come to be known as a person who has made a grave error in judgment or action. Something so significant that it has caused physical or mental pain and suffering to themselves or others.


Who then would you say was the biggest loser in the Bible? Judas? Pharaoh? Esau? For many years I would have said Lot. Consider where we last see Lot in the Bible. Living in a cave with his daughters who have devised a plot to preserve his family line but in a truly wicked way. He has lost his wife, his home, his fortune, his testimony before his family. Consider the woe his descendants had caused to Israel over the course of its history. What a loser!


Read 2nd Peter 2: 4 – 9 very carefully especially verse 7. Righteous Lot!!! How can this be?


Years ago, I read what is said to be the testimony of Billy Sunday the great evangelist. He tells of a common soldier of the Grand Armee of Napoleon Bonaparte who stepped from the ranks and stopped the emperor’s horse after it had bolted. To show his gratitude for this man’s courage Napoleon said, “Thank you captain.”


“Captain of what sir”?, the soldier replied.


“Captain of my Life Guards sir.”, the emperor answered.


The soldier saw a group of officers of that unit and walked to join them. The men looking at what they assumed was a common soldier asked him why he presumed to be among them. The soldier answered, “I am one of you a captain.”


One of the officers scoffed and said, “Who made you an officer much less one of us?”

The soldier pointed toward Napoleon and said, “He did .”


Sunday concluded by saying I am saved because God has said so!


Why was Lot righteous? Because God declared him so.


Are you a child of God? Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior? Oh yes, we live in a world today that is very much like the one in which Lot resided. We may not feel close to God because of our thought life, or our words or actions. Has this world crushed your spirit? Perhaps so but that does not change your standing with the God of the universe.


Dan Geer

A Weekly Devotional 1-12-20

“Peace in Chaos!”


Wow! What a chaotic week. This week was so busy that I failed to write this devotional in time. My sincere apology. Have you ever had one of those weeks? So busy, so stressful, so without any peace? You are not alone my friend. The world we live in is a very chaotic place and as the chaos ensues it is definitely going to get harder to find and maintain peace.


So, what do we do, how do we find peace in the midst of the struggle? My friend peace is just a decision away! It does not matter, Christian or not peace is just a decision away.

We lack peace because whatever has caused the situation has taken our focus off of Christ. If we look beyond the noise and confusion in our lives and look to Jesus, the peace we desire will be there. That decision is to choose Jesus over everything else.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6


“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”


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

A Weekly Devotional 1-4-20

"Lord What Will You Have Me Do?"


The lost are called by God to be saved. I Corinthians 15:11 “Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.” People are being saved because of the preaching and sharing of the gospel of Christ. I am saved (first because God called me, and I accepted) because a group of saved people took their work outside of their church and went on the road to other churches and venues and shared the gospel of Christ.


The saved are called by God to do His work – share the gospel. If I am saved people should know it! I should be sharing Him. I should be a good witness! Do we really believe? Is that why we don’t witness? Do I do everything in my power to do what God has called me to do like David did? (I Samuel 17) Is God my #1 priority? We are called to go out and tell others about Jesus. Who is the last person you told about Jesus? Tell the world God loves them, Jesus saved me, now He can save them! When is the last time you shared your testimony outside of your church walls? God calls His people to tell what they have seen and know to be true. Have you ever asked, “Lord what will you have me to do?” Even better, have you done it? How much do your friends think you love God?


Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only reason we are alive today. Pastor Kaleb says keep the main thing the main thing and that is the main thing! Testify to the whole world. The world is my parish! Pastor Shane says God never intended for a bunch of saved people to gather in a place and talk. Church is to go to get fed then go out and feed others! What am I doing for Him? What am I doing to accomplish His Kingdom? What do I take outside of the walls of my church? I Corinthians 15:11 “Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.” People are being saved because of the preaching and sharing of the gospel of Christ. Find someone to share Jesus with today, share your salvation story with a stranger today, share what God has done in your life with someone. Don’t keep it to yourself! When we say no to God, it costs those around us too.


Sheri Bevins

A Weekly Devotional 12-28-19

“Embrace Godly Change”


December 28, 2019! Wow! Where did the year go? It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year and here we are in a couple of days about to welcome in 2020.

What kind of year did you have ? A good one ? A bad one ? A year of surprises? A year of the same ole same ole? Was it a year of change for you?


Did any of us make any resolutions to try and change any aspects about our lives ? If so, how’d that go? If you are like me, it probably lasted a couple of months or so and then back to the same old self and same old ways.


Friends, we by nature are creatures of habit and we do not like change. Can I get an amen?


But as I read in scripture, God’s word tells us in Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”


This is saying that for the believer change is mandatory, at salvation God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, has begun a work in us. A work that is called sanctification, this is a process that is a continual work in us until the day that Jesus returns.

Don’t be afraid of change, change is a good thing, especially if it is the work of God in your life. Embrace the change and allow God to work in your life.

We all could use a little change in life, make a commitment to God and yourself, allow those changes to happen. Let 2020 be a better year and allow God to make you a better you


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

A Weekly Devotional 12-14-19

 “The Perfect Gift”


Good evening everyone. I am sorry about the tardiness of this devotional. I was at a family gathering to celebrate Christmas with all our family that lives out of town. It was a wonderful time, getting to see everyone and catch up with each other. We focused on each other and the love that we share between us.


Seeing how the Christmas season is upon us, I thought I would take just a few moments of your time and share a little of my heart with you.


We as a culture, society, whatever you want to call us have truly taken away from the true meaning of Christmas. We have over commercialized it, from the million hallmark movies to the billions of dollars that will be spent in purchasing Christmas gifts. Now, before you tune me out or scroll down to the next Facebook post, please give me an opportunity to explain.


I am not saying that there is anything wrong with the Christmas traditions that we take part in. I believe our biggest problem comes from a focal standpoint. Many of us become consumed with making everything perfect....

-perfect tree
-perfect decorations
-perfect dinner
-perfect outfits
-perfect gifts


We struggle and often times put ourselves in debt trying to obtain that perfection.
This was not God's intent for us when He sent His only Son to that manger in Bethlehem.
It was not His intent when He chose Mary to deliver the Savior of the world.


It was not His intent when He gifted us with the only way to salvation.


The prophet Isaiah gives us the reason for the birth of Christ and the reason for our celebration of this most wonderful time of year.


“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6


God sent us His only son as a gift, a gift of salvation, a gift of peace, a gift of comfort, a gift of freedom, a gift of grace, a gift of mercy, a gift of love.


Let us not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and fail to remember and fail to acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas. Let us take a moment to thank God for His unspeakable gift.


Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Pastor Shane Johnson
Pathway Fellowship Church
770 Hwy. 17 Business
Surfside Beach, SC

A Weekly Devotional 12-7-19

"The Power of Philippians 4"


Philippians Chapter 4 holds so many verses we should live by and hold on to. I feel it prudent that we keep these scriptures in our hearts so we may use them for peace, comfort and understanding when the need arises.


Verse 4 says “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” We should always rejoice in the Lord. He has given us so much to rejoice over.


Moving to verse 6 which says “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Being careful for nothing is just another way of saying don’t worry. And we shouldn’t worry, because we should take all matters and requests to God. Doing so in a manner of humility and faith.


Verse 7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” God’s peace is an amazing peace. It passes all understanding, because no matter what trials we are going through, and no matter how horrible we are supposed to feel, He will give us a peace. A peace we do not deserve and a peace we do not understand.


Verse 13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” This is probably the most quoted Bible verse. And we should all hold on to it. It’s not saying God will give me the strength to be a professional athlete, if I so desire, but rather that no matter how difficult a trial we are going through God will get us through it. In times of doubt and fear, hold on to these words.


Lastly, verse 19 says “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” This one is so powerful. God will supply all our needs. I think that says it all. Believe in Him and no matter how hard or tough times are for you, He will give you what you need.


In short, Philippians Chapter 4 tells us to rejoice in the Lord, because if we take our requests to Him in a manner of humility and faith, He will give us a peace we cannot understand nor deserve, and He will give us the strengthen to be able to get through any and all trials, and He will give us this peace and this strength by supplying all of our needs.

A Weekly Devotional 11-30-19

“Faith Building”


Have you ever wondered where is God and what is He doing? Why is He allowing this stuff to happen to me?


Don’t worry my friends, you are not alone. Most people today find themselves in situations that seem impossible. Many of these people are like you and I, good God-fearing people. They do all that they can to try and walk closely with the Lord and yet it seems every time they turn around a new struggle begins.


Like many of you out there I find myself in the same predicament sometimes. I often question where is God, what have I done wrong? In the book of James, the writer tells us to “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;” (James 1:2) Meaning that we should be happy when these difficulties and troubles arise in our lives. That doesn’t make that much sense does it? Those were my exact thoughts until I finally figured out what God meant and what He was doing during these times.


You see, God is allowing these difficult times in our lives so that we learn to lean on and trust in Him. These are what I like to call faith building exercises. I believe that faith is a muscle and just like any other muscle in our body it has to be exercised if we want them to grow. So, don’t fret if you find yourself in testing times, just trust and believe that God is doing a work in you. He is trying to develop your faith so that you will learn to depend less on yourself and more on Him.


When these times come and believe me when I say that they will, lean upon the everlasting arms of Jesus and allow Him to lead you to greener pastures.


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

A Weekly Devotional 11-23-19

“He Still Speaks, Are We Listening?”


Luke 1:13-15 “But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.” KJV


Luke 1:28-31 “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.” KJV


These verses excite me for many reasons! Announcing the coming birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, being the first and foremost! But I also get excited because this is a reminder to me that God speaks to His people. We are always grumbling, “Why doesn’t God speak to me like He did others in the Bible days?” My sister and I always say, “Why doesn’t He give us neon signs!” He does! Think about it, God wants us to know His will, so why would He try to hide it from us. He is not hiding from us, but often we are (or think we are) hiding from Him.


Deuteronomy 30:11-14 “For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.” KJV He is not hiding it from us. If you belong to Him and have accepted the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, His will is with you through the Holy Spirit. The Word, He has it for us and it is near us….we do not have to go on some wild journey to find it.


Philippians 3:15 “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.” KJV Before the Holy Spirit came, God spoke to His people in many external ways: angels, dreams, visions, signs, and prophets. But we have it even better! He speaks to us internally through the indwelling Holy Spirit who is on duty 24 hours a day! So why is it so hard for us to hear Him?
Could it be the things we are asking Him are things we already have our mind made up about? Often, we say we are seeking His will, but we have already decided yes or no to something and are really just wanting Him to sign off on it. Won’t work that way! Trust me I know. Been there done that. When will we learn we cannot play games with the Father? Could it be the opposite? The Lord speaks and the enemy tries to tell us that it is not the Lord’s voice we hear, but our own? He does not want us to be obedient to God. He wants to stop us from growing in our relationship with the Father. One rainy night I knew my granddaughter and nephew were going to be traveling to church together. I was watching television when all the sudden the thought to pray for them was pressed on my mind. I prayed immediately. The enemy told me I was being silly that it was just in my mind because of the bad weather. I am a prayer warrior. I was not taking any chances, so I spent a little time in prayer for their safety and for them in general and sent a quick text to two fellow prayer warriors. I did not think anything else about it. I do not remember all the details but later that week in conversation, my granddaughter shared that someone had pulled out in front of them that night or that they almost did not see someone in front of them, but she thanked God that they saw him at last minute or they would have hit him. I may not have that exactly right, but you get the idea. Thank the Lord, that the enemy did not succeed that night. Do not let the enemy make you think God does not speak to us.


Often, we do not hear Him because we do not want to hear what He has to say. He is not saying what we want to hear. And we are not going to leave that comfort zone or risk any kind of possible embarrassment, so we sit with our ears plugged. Be sure to pray and listen regardless of what you want and do not move until He gives you the peace to move forward. He will speak to you if you will listen. Sometimes you do not need to hear from Him other than to read His word. You know to do the things you know are right and stay away from the things you know are not right based on what His word says. But not only does He speak to us through His word, if you receive anything from Him it will line up with His word. He will NEVER direct you into any path that does not line up with His word, the Bible. God still speaks through external things and miracles, because all things are possible with God, but mostly today He speaks quietly to our hearts through His word and the Holy Spirit. But He does still speak to us!


Malachi 3:6a “For I am the LORD, I change not;…” KJV

God does not change! He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is still speaking to us. But are we listening? What is blocking His voice in our lives? It is worth looking into……


Sheri


A Weekly Devotional 11-16-19

“Storms”


I have been sitting here looking at this weather for the last couple of days, wondering why is this weather so bad? I mean, I have worked hard all week and I just wanted to do somethings outside this weekend. You guys know what I mean? Why is the weather always bad on the weekends or my days off? Sometimes, I kind of get upset at the rain, I am an outdoorsy guy and the rain usually sidelines me. I understand that we need the rain, but man sometimes I just want sunny days.


The same thing happens to us spiritually as well. We find ourselves moving right along, things seem to be going smoothly and all of the sudden a storm comes up. We generally begin to question why the storm has come. Typically, we over analyze our actions and generally we don't understand why we are going through these tough times. Well, from experience we may not ever understand why a storm is brewing in our lives, plus as tough as they may be, not all storms are bad.


I whole heartedly believe that there are two types of spiritual storms that we go through. There are storms of correction and storms of protection. God uses the storms of correction in our lives to do just that, correct us. No matter how good we try to be, we all slip up and fall short of the expectations that God has for His children. He uses these storms to bring us closer to Him, to bring us back where we belong, back into the center of His will. These storms may seem rough at times, but know this, you and I go through these storms because God loves us, and He truly cares for us. Friends, don't fret these storms, allow the Hand of God to guide you back to where you belong.


Then there are the storms of protection, God uses these to keep us safe, to keep us from the dangers of this world. These are probably the most difficult for us to understand. Usually we are right in the center of God's will, we are walking hand and hand with Him and boom a storm arises! We then begin to question God, trying to figure out what happened, where we went wrong, or even where did God go? What we often forget is that God knows everything. He knows the things that have happened in the past, He knows what is currently happening, and He also knows what is going to happen in the future. Because of His all-knowing mind, He is able to foresee future events of danger that may cause harm to us. He then allows the storm to direct us into an area of safety.

Friends, God only has good intentions for His children. Do not be afraid of the storms that may come in life, just trust and believe that God is doing a work in you. Allow the storm to lead you into the place that God desires you to be.


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

A Weekly Devotional 11-9-19

“Open Your Eyes”


Always pray to have open eyes…


II Kings 6: 17 “And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around about Elisha.”


The King of Syria was concerned that the King of Israel seemed to know his military secrets. He thought there might be a leak in his army. But his servants told him that this wasn’t the case; that it was Elisha the prophet that kept Israel’s king informed. Syria’s King then sent horses, and chariots, and a great host to get Elisha. (v. 14) They surrounded the city and the next morning, when Elisha’s servant realized this, he was naturally concerned. But Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes so that he could see the supernatural army Elisha knew was there.


We often forget that we aren’t fighting alone. It’s easy to get discouraged. But remember there are things beyond our comprehension, beyond our natural sight going on all the time. I often think of the delay in Daniel’s prayer because of the spiritual warfare going on. Don’t give the other side ammunition with doubts and despair. Have faith! Have confidence! Have joy! Your Father has heard your prayers. He knows your needs. There are things going on even now for your good that you haven’t even dreamed of.

Keep your eyes open in all things. We can miss things going on around us good and bad if we aren’t careful. Often, we see people blinded by Satan’s lies…. alcohol is harmless, fudging a little in taxes/business is no big deal, the flirtation with your co-worker is just being friendly. The devil is the father of lies and if he came us at us with the truth, no one would follow him. We have lost loved ones who are being deceived, but if we aren’t careful, we can also be deceived.


Always pray to have open eyes.


Angela Cox

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A Weekly Devotional 11-2-19

“True Happiness”


I think it would be a safe assumption in saying that the majority of us like new things. Most of us would love to have a new car, perhaps because ours is older and has its little quirks. Many of us would love to go to the mall and get some new clothes because we find ourselves wearing the same clothes all the time. Getting new things sometimes gives a sense of being new ourselves, but friends, let me tell you acquiring new things does not change our lives. We often find ourselves discouraged with our current state of existence. The majority of us, if we are honest with ourselves, imagine how life could be different. There is not an item for sale today or will there ever be, that could change our lives and give us the happiness that we are looking for.


If we find ourselves unhappy in our current situation, we must get to the root of the problem if we are ever going to be able to leave this undesirable state of unhappiness. The world in its materialistic viewpoint will tell us that we must go out and purchase our own happiness. The same world in its self-satisfaction viewpoint, will tell us that we should do whatever makes us feel good, anything that we want as long as it makes us happy. Neither of these will ever gain us the happiness that we are searching for.


At creation man was in a perfect state of happiness. Then came the fall from grace, when man sinned and destroyed that internal happiness, by causing a separation from God. From that moment on, every person that was born, was born missing that internal happiness. Since the fall man has been searching for a way or ways to fill that void in their lives, unsuccessfully I might add.


So, this leads us to the question. How does one find that true happiness that each one of us desire? I believe that scripture tells us the best way to find happiness is in a right relationship with our creator, God.


II Corinthians 5:17 says "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”


If we are unhappy doing the things we have always done, living the way we have always lived then we must change, or the product of our lives will always be the same. The change that I am speaking of is leaving the old things behind, leaving that old life, that old way of thinking, that old way of seeking happiness. This change is vital, a complete necessity for eternal happiness. This change requires humility, submission, and repentance. This change is about surrendering our lives over to Jesus!

If you want true happiness, friend try Jesus. He makes all things new!


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

A Weekly Devotional 10-26-19

 

Unevenly Yolked!

God knows what He is doing!

“Be not unevenly yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteous with unrighteous? and what communion hath light with darkness?” II Corinthians 6:14 KJV

Boy does our God know what He is talking about or what? His word applies to every part of our lives. If we would just grasp that and hold onto it, our lives would be so more blessed, happy, victorious and focused! Most of us look at that verse as speaking of marriage and the saved person not marrying the unsaved! It does of course apply to that, but so much more. But why would a saved person even consider dating an unsaved – why entertain that thought at all? Why put yourself at risk of that kind of pain to your heart. If you are disobedient to God – He will hold you accountable. People say, “Oh what better way to lead the other person to the Lord?” It happens but probably no where near as much as it does not happen. One of you will sway the other one, and my guess is that most of the time it is the unsaved one that sways the saved. Think about it – if it didn’t turn out that way most of the time, why would God warn us against being unevenly yoked. So you will still be saved, but disobedient to God (and there will be consequences) and you will be tied into a marriage to someone who may never be saved and raise your children with someone who may never be concerned for their salvation.


But this scripture also applies to our friends and people we are going to be spending our time with. One will influence the other and once again since God instructed us not to put ourselves in this situation my guess is that even though greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world, – the unsaved will more often influence the saved. It recently came to my attention that even something as simple as your traveling companions should be evenly yoked. A recent trip to Europe with my granddaughter and students, teachers and parents from her previous high school opened my eyes. The city the school group came from was well known for their extreme liberal views, which is one reason my granddaughter had left the area and moved in with her dad last year. She got saved May of 2018 and moved to her dad’s by the end of that summer. As an active member of our ladies’ bible study she had been asking for prayer for this community ever since she moved here. But we thought nothing of traveling with people from the community, we did not either one know any of them. They were mostly all very nice people. But guess what? There is no such thing as “Oh we will be fine hanging out with these nice people night and day for 12 days who have completely different beliefs and values and someone not be affected.” Especially when they are nice people who are fun to be around. These are the very type people the enemy uses to snare you. He does not put an ugly monster in front of you – you would run from a monster – instead he puts a pretty picture in front of you. Cool people who seem to have so much fun, people who make you feel like you belong. So often instead of letting He who is in us, be in charge and be a light to anyone who needs to see Jesus in us, we start down the slippery trail and begin to look more like them and no different than the enemy’s army. If we don’t show the world we are different, we are not doing what we have been commissioned to do. It saddens me to think we so often think we can handle being unevenly yoked (no matter what the circumstances) and not be affected. We will sway them or they will sway us, but things will not stay the same. God’s word is perfect. He does not just state things to be talking, His words are truth and His instructions are because He knows what is best for us and knows us better than we know ourselves. He speaks truth and in His Word is power.


We either lead people one way or the other. You don’t want to have to face the Lord, and have to give an account for all those you were supposed to point towards Him and you did not – even though you are His child. Being young or being old is no excuse to not carry out the great commission. We are not perfect and when we fall we need to fall down before our Lord and repent and get right back up and keep going. Do not let sin have time to settle in before you take it to Him to make it right. But if we fall EVERY time we are tempted we need to seek God’s face and find out what is really going on. Make your relationship with Him your number one priority. Choose your friends, roommates, who you spend time with, who you date and marry based on His instructions and not what “feels” good in the moment. Remember the moment shall pass but eternity is forever!


Sheri Bevins
Trying to Focus it All on What He Says!
Finding My Way
https://histruthalways.com/

A Weekly Devotional 10/19/19


“Love”


Have you ever taken a moment to think about what words really mean? Sometimes we use words in some crazy ways, for instance, "man those new rims are sick". Meaning that those new rims are really nice. Often times we use words so loosely that we take away from the true meaning of those words.


I would like to take a look at one commonly misused and misunderstood word. That word is love. You might be thinking, this guy is crazy, everyone knows what love is and what it means. I would have to disagree, not everyone knows what true love is. Sure, we all have an idea or at least a thought of what love is. But do we really? What is love? With all the misperception of the word love, I turned to my favorite source, the bible, to find the true meaning.


John 3:16 says that " 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.”

Here we see the action of love, but what does true love mean?


I Corinthians 13

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”


Wow! What an eye opener? This is how we are supposed to love , unconditionally! The way Christ loves us!


Wow! What an eye opener? This is how we are supposed to love , unconditionally! The way Christ loves us!


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

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