Watchman’s Daily Devotional: Lord, Help Me to Always Have a Heart to Listen and Obey. If You Have Planned Some Mighty Deed, Give Me the Courage to Do It. Help Me Persevere Until I Stand in Your Presence

1 Chronicles 11:22 King David had a group of valiant men, and among them was Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada. Benaiah hailed from Kabzeel and was known for his great deeds. He displayed his bravery by defeating two mighty heroes from Moab. But his courage did not stop there. On a day when snow had fallen, Benaiah fearlessly descended into a pit and struck down a lion. Such acts of valor were a testament to his strength and unwavering faith. Benaiah’s role extended beyond mere acts of heroism. He became the leader of David’s bodyguards, entrusted with the task of protecting the future Messiah, who would descend from David’s lineage. This position of honor and responsibility highlighted the significance of his role in safeguarding the chosen one of God. During this time, Israel was a nation under the guidance of…

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Watchman’s Daily Devotional: Those Who Have a Strong Desire for Righteousness Will Find Satisfaction in Their Relationship With God (Matt. 5:6). The Level of Righteousness in Your Life Can Be Determined by Your Connection With Him

Chapter 12, verse 18 Chronicles 12:18 18 Then the Spirit clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said, “We are yours, O David, and with you, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, and peace to your helpers! For your God helps you.” Then David received them and made them officers of his troops. While David was seeking refuge in the wilderness, some individuals from Saul’s tribe chose to join him. One of them, Amasai, rose to prominence as a leader among David’s mighty men. When they discovered David and expressed their desire to join his ranks, David informed them that if their intentions were peaceful, their souls would be intertwined. Then he cautioned them that if they had arrived with deceitful intentions, divine consequences would befall them. Today, we will be exploring a thought-provoking passage – Amasai’s…

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Watchman: Daily Devotional, And He Said, I Will Hide My Face From Them, I Will See What Their End Shall Be: For They Are a Very Froward Generation, Children in Whom Is No Faith

When God’s people forsake Him, He withdraws the intimacy of His presence. At first, this is sometimes seen as a relief, because the conviction of sin is not so great. But then the darkness and desperation set in. I will heap disasters upon them: When the hiding of His face does not draw God’s people into repentance, God then sends His hand of correction, and allows calamity to bring the attention of His people back upon Him. Prayer: But in that land of America, they might turn to you in repentance and pray, ‘We have sinned, done evil, and acted wickedly.’ Learn More The Great Tribulation It is our belief that the Great Tribulation referred to in the New Testament Book of Revelation (chapters 6-11) is unfolding before our eyes. In the near future, we will devote the “Tribulation” tab on our “Trending”…

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Watchman: Daily Devotional, The Bible Tells the Story of the Prodigal Son Who Decided to Get Out of the House. He Said, in Effect, “Dad, I’m Out of Here

Watchman: Daily Devotional But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. The Bible tells the story of the prodigal son who decided to get out of the house. He said, in effect, “Dad, I’m out of here. I’m going to go out and do what I want. Just give me my cut of the inheritance now. See you later.” Then he went out and blew all his money. He ended up in rags, hanging out with a bunch of pigs. But…

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Watchman Daily Devotional: The Gift of Free Choice is a Double-edged Sword

2 Kings 21:6 6 And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger. God declared Hezekiah to be the most righteous king of Judah. However, his son Manasseh was the most wicked. Manasseh removed the altars on the high places and set up altars to the gods of heaven in the Temple. He even sacrificed his own son. In addition to these abominable acts, he consulted fortune tellers and mediums, a sin that God takes very seriously. Seeking guidance from the evil spiritual realm is not the way of the Lord. If we refuse to seek God, demonic spirits will gladly lead us astray. Manasseh ruled for 55 years, one of the longest reigns in…

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Watchman: Daily Devotional, Faith Insists That God Is Greater Than Any Challenge or Circumstance We Face. Jesus’ Followers Should Never Be Afraid

Matthew 8:25-27 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” A boat from the first century was discovered in the dirt during a recent Kinneseret Lake low water level. Because there are still murals of ancient boats today, archaeologists are certain that the boat was a Jewish vessel from that era. Twelve passengers would have constituted a fairly full boat if this is the same type of boat that Jesus and His apostles were in. The front of the ship had a quarterdeck where…

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Watchman: Daily Devotional, “A Heavenly Escort” Do We Want Traveling Mercies? Here Seem to Be Two Good Ones: God’s Presence and Preservation. We Need Both of These in All Places, and We Will Have Them in All Places if We Go on Duty Rather Than Whim

“A Heavenly Escort ” Do we need journeying mercies? Here are choice ones — God’s presence and preservation, In all places we need both of these, and in all places we shall have them if we go at the call of duty, and not merely according to our own fancy. Why should we look upon removal to another country as a sorrowful necessity when it is laid upon us by the divine will? In all lands the believer is equally a pilgrim and a stranger; and yet in every region the LORD is His dwelling place, even as He has been to His saints in all generations. We may miss the protection of an earthly monarch, but when God says, “I will keep thee,” we are in no real danger. This is a blessed passport for a traveler and a…

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Watchman: Daily Devotional, Jesus Summarizes It All by Declaring That the Ways of His Kingdom Are Frequently in Conflict With the Ways of the World. There Will Be a Significant Number of People Who Are Currently in Last Place Who Will Move Up to First Place. The World of the Kingdom, Which Is Turned On Its Head, Guarantees to Make Things Right for Those Who Have Been Wronged

Matthew 19:28-30 (NIV) 28 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Following Jesus’ exhortation to the rich young ruler, Peter inquired as to what it meant for them to have left everything to follow Jesus. First, Jesus assures his followers that they will hold positions of responsibility in the upcoming kingdom. First, Jesus promises…

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Watchman’s Daily Devotional: Our Faith Is Constantly Being Tested and Expanded by God, as He Guides Us to Listen and Follow His Gentle Whispers. Will You Be Willing to Obey His Commands, Even if They Appear Peculiar or Unconventional?

2 Kings 2:21 21 After that, he went to the spring of water, cast salt into it, and declared, “This is what the LORD says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unfruitful.’” The spring of Jericho, located near the Dead Sea, most likely contained water similar to that of the Dead Sea – salty and rich in minerals. Access to water was essential for every town. In Israel, water is synonymous with life. Elisha witnessed his master Elijah ascending into heaven in a chariot of fire and received a double portion of his spirit. He was able to hear the voice of the Lord. The first test of his anointing came when local prophets requested him to heal the spring of Jericho. Centuries earlier, Moses had healed water by throwing a…

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Watchman: Daily Devotional,Even Though the People Had Faith in Him, He Did Not Give Them His Word. He Had an Intuitive Grasp of Humanity. Jesus Understood That Men Would Be Self-Absorbed and Treacherous Because the Spirit Had Not Yet Been Poured Out

John 2:23-25 23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. 25 He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man. This Passover celebration marked the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. He went there annually before, but now the Holy Spirit was telling him to perform miracles to back up his words. The Jews thought a prophet’s credibility could be established by miracles. Some of the signs of Jesus’ identity as the Messiah were miracles that no ordinary prophet could perform. Despite the fact that many of the people had faith in Him, Jesus did not commit or entrust himself to them. He…

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