Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
God Wants and Expects Your Prayers, so for Whom Do You Pray?

God Wants and Expects Your Prayers, so for Whom Do You Pray?

July 21, 2018

MESSAGE SUMMARY: We can come before God on behalf ourselves and others -- intercessory prayer. You and I are given the privilege of following Moses example when he prayed to God on behalf of his people in  Psalms 102:1-2: “Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you! Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!". Because of what Jesus has done for us, we can exercise this privilege of praying directly to God, the Creator of the Universe. The question is not: "Can we come before God with our prayers?";but "Will you come before God with our prayers, and for whom will you pray?”.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONI affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, JesusI will trust in the Lord with all my heartI will trust in with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding.  In all my ways I will seek to know Him, and He will make my pathways straight.  (From Proverbs 3:5f).

 

THIS SUNDAY’S SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Will You "Stand in the Gap" for  Our County?”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S VIDEO: “The Promise of Belief” (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA),  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Romans 1:10-12; James 5:13-18; Exodus 3:1-15; Psalms 29:1-11.

Are You Living Your Life Above its Capacity?

Are You Living Your Life Above its Capacity?

July 20, 2018

MESSAGE SUMMARYMost of us are living our lives “above our capacity for fullness” – at a level with no space or extra. Therefore, we bring on chaos in our lives producing feelings of being overwhelmed by events; exhausted on an emotional level and physically debilitated. Spirituality, we become wimps. Paul, in Ephesians 4:15-16, tells us about how God has equipped the followers of Jesus: “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.". When we don’t live our lives with the fullness that God as provided us, we are wounding the cause of Jesus; and we are hurting ourselves.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Heartlessness. Rather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Kindness. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

 

THIS SUNDAY’S SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Prayer for America”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S VIDEO – The Promise of Belief” (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA),  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): ): Ephesians 4:13-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:7-9; 1 Corinthians 3:10-16; Psalms 28:1-9.

How Do You Value Your Personal Relationship with God, the Creator of the Universe?

How Do You Value Your Personal Relationship with God, the Creator of the Universe?

July 19, 2018

MESSAGE SUMMARY: : Take a moment and reflect on all the personal relationships in your life, including family, business and social relationships – include both deep and superficial. After your reflection, how does Knowing God, the Creator of the Universe, fit within this mosaic of your personal relationships? Knowing God and having that personal relationship with Him is summarized in John 17:3: “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.". This personal relationship with God, and knowing Him in our lives, renders everything else in our lives insignificant. Consider what the importance of Jesus’ interchange with the Apostle Peter, in Matthew 16:13-18, exemplifies: “he {Jesus}asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’”. Also consider Jesus role in Creation as the Apostille John tells us in John 1:1-3: “The beginning was the Word {Jesus}, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He {Jesus}was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.".

You are known by God, but do you know Him? Do you have a personal relationship with God through your prayer life and faith? How does your relationship with God fit within the set of all your personal relationships?

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: Today, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Resentment. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Compassion. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

                       

THIS SUNDAY’S SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Prayer for America”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S VIDEO – The Promise of Belief” (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA),  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): ): John 17:2-3; Philippians 3:7-10; Matthew 16:13-20; Psalms 27:1-14.

The ABCs for You to Know Jesus

The ABCs for You to Know Jesus

July 18, 2018

MESSAGE SUMMARY: Today, do you really know Jesus Christ? We have many people that go to church and who are very religious; but if they are asked if they really know Jesus, they would not understand the question.

There is a simple path to knowing Jesus: AACKNOWLEDGING that you are a sinner; BBELIEVING in Jesus and how His death on the Cross and His Resurrection provided you a source for God’s Mercy and Grace, which give you a path to your Salvation and Eternal Life; and C) CONFESSING Jesus as your Lord and the Master of your life.

You can start this process of knowing Jesus now with a simple prayer that Acknowledges that you, like the rest of us, are a sinner; that you Believe that Jesus and His Gospel are God’s source for your salvation; and by Confessing that you are turning your life over to Jesus as your Lord and Savior. After all, God made you a personal promise in John 3:16-17For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.".

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus ChristI will entrust to Him my futureI know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. (From 2 Timothy 1:12).

 

THIS SUNDAY’S SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Prayer for America”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S VIDEO – The Promise of Belief” (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA),  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:9-11; Mathew 6:25-34; Psalms 26:1-12.

Spiritual Things Often Have Small Beginnings

Spiritual Things Often Have Small Beginnings

July 17, 2018

Message Summary: Jesus illustrates, in the “Parable of the Mustard Seed", that big things come from small beginnings. The selection, by Jesus, of His initial twelve Apostles, led to the growth of Christianity from twelve followers to more than two billion Christians. So, when God gives you a vision or He puts on your heart to start a ministry or to visit the home bound; and you think the Spirit’s is so small or inconsequential, just remember small beginnings lead to significant outcomes through the Lord. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commissions and promises His support to His Apostles and to us; therefore, how can any call, from the Holy Spirit, be too inconsequential or unsupported for us to embrace: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” Pray, listen, and be patient for no interaction with the Holy Spirit is too small for you or for God; and no Spiritual outcomes are too big for you or for God.

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Self-centerednessRather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Love. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

 

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Prayer for America”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Website Link to the Video: “The Promise of Belief” (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA),  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Matthew 13:31; Matthew 10:1-8; Matthew 28:18-20; Psalms 25:1-22.

We Are Accountable to God for Our Finances Because All “Our” Money and Talents Are God’s

We Are Accountable to God for Our Finances Because All “Our” Money and Talents Are God’s

July 16, 2018

Message Summary We are all God’s stewards and His supervisor of all God’s talents and money which God has provided us during our earthly lifetime by meeting our Stewardship and Fiduciary responsibilities and accountability to Him – all that we call “our own” is from God. The author of Hebrews, in Hebrews 13:5-6, presents God’s expectations of us in the management of our finances: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you,’ So, we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”. Also, John Wesley, an Anglican Priest and founder of the Methodist denomination, said in his Three Rules About Money: 1) Make as much money as you can – be industrious and diligent; 2) Save as much money as you can -- be no spendthrift and live frugally and prudently; and 3) Give away as much money as you can. That is Devine destination of money; that makes it an everlasting blessing. John Wesley’s “Rules” provide us a pathway to fulfill God’s expectations for our Stewardship and Fiduciary responsibilities.

 

Today’s Affirmation: Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Anger. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Forgiveness. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

 

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Prayer for America”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Website Link to the Video: “The Promise of Belief” (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA),  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Mathew 25:14-30; Mathew 18:23-35; Mathew 6:24-25; Psalms 24:1-10.

Are You Ready to Let Jesus Be Lord Over His Finances?

Are You Ready to Let Jesus Be Lord Over His Finances?

July 15, 2018

Message Summary: We are so focused on earning money and related activities that it is easy for money and finances to become our god, thereby, violating the Second Commandment. If Jesus is Lord over all, as we are told in Psalms 24:1: “The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.”, then everything is God’s. In James 5:1-3, the author of the Book of James provides insight into one who does NOT make God the Lord of their finances: “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.”. Therefore, let God Be Lord over your finances, which really are His finances.

 

Today’s AffirmationI affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, JesusI AM RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S EYESGod made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Prayer for America”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Website Link to the Video: “The Promise of Belief” (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA),  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Psalms 24:1-10; James 5:1-6; Psalms 25:1-22; Psalms 23:1-6.

A Spiritual Awakening Is Needed to Save Our Way of Life

A Spiritual Awakening Is Needed to Save Our Way of Life

July 14, 2018

Message Summary: spiritual awakening is needed not only to save souls from eternal damnation but to save our way of life. Our way of life is slipping quickly away from us. Our way of life is not just about elections and politics. The risk to our way of life relates to all of us. This risk will only be addressed by a change in our hearts, and the hearts of the people will not change until we have a true spiritual awakening. As Jesus tells us in John 14:1: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”. Additionally, Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 35:4: “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”.

 

Today’s AffirmationI affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, JesusI AM FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRITIf you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13).

 

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Will You "Stand in the Gap" for  Our County?”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Website Link to the Video: “The Promise of Belief” (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA),  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

Scripture Reference (ESV)John 14:1; Matthew 11:28-29; Matthew 6:25-34; Psalms 22b:17-31.

Are Some “Christian Institutions” Becoming Godless?

Are Some “Christian Institutions” Becoming Godless?

July 13, 2018

Message Summary: Certain men, whose condemnation was written about long ago, have secretly slipped in among us (i.e. into Christian institutions); they are Godless men who changed the Grace of our God into a license for immorality and denied Jesus as the Christ. In the Parables of Mathew 13:19, Jesus tells us: “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.”. Jesus’ “Parable of the Sower”, in Mathew 13:18-23, applies to us and offers us a challenge to live the Christian faith, or not? Before His Ascension, Jesus instructed His Apostles, and us, in His Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”. Are we going to follow Jesus and obey his Great Commission to “make disciples”, or not?

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Insensitivity. Rather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Gentleness. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

 

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Will You "Stand in the Gap" for  Our County?”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Website Link to the Video: “The Promise of Belief” (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA),  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Mathew 13:18-23; Jude 1:3-16; Mathew 13:31-32; Psalms 22a:1-16.

God Has Given You Gifts

God Has Given You Gifts

July 12, 2018

Message Summary: To each one of us, Grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. As Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.”. Just because one of us has a certain gift, it does not mean that your gift is not just as important in the Body of Christ. While some in the church teach that some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit have faded away and are no longer needed. “Says who?” The Bible teaches that all gifts are needed and are necessary if the Body of Christ to function properly. The Apostle Peter tells us, in 1 Peter 4:10, how we, as followers of Jesus, should consider our gifts from God: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.".

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Past Failures. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Grace. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

                       

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Will You "Stand in the Gap" for  Our County?”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): 1 Corinthians 3:10-17; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Psalms 21:1-13.