Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Jesus Followers Discipline Their Children (Hebrews 12:7): “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as {His} sons”

Jesus Followers Discipline Their Children (Hebrews 12:7): “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as {His} sons”

February 24, 2021

Jesus Followers Discipline Their Children (Hebrews 12:7): “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as {His} sons

MESSAGE SUMMARYThe Lord disciplines his children; therefore, so should we. Our discipline can take many forms, for example: 1) teach children a lesson, even hard lessons; and 2) it is OK to take away children's privileges. The Lord's discipline is out of love; and our discipline, for our children, should be out of our love. Nobody likes discipline -- we do not like it; our kids do not like it. However, discipline works to bring righteousness and peace, and discipline brings fruit to us and our children down the road. In Hebrews 12:7-10, the author of Hebrews succinctly describes the Biblical perspective regarding discipline: It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as {His} sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.".

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, I will proclaim Him. (Philippians 1:15f). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”. (Philippians 4:14).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): 2 Samuel. 7.13-15; 1 Corinthians. 11:32; Ephesians. 6.1-4; Psalms 42:1-11.

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THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “As Followers of Jesus, We Will Face Difficult Circumstances; but We Are Comforted to Know that God Will ‘equip you with everything good that you may do his will’", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

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Today’s Uncertainties Tend to Lead to “Mental Thrashing” and “Living Beyond Our Capacity” – Jesus Wants Us to Live Only to the “Fullness” He Gave Us

Today’s Uncertainties Tend to Lead to “Mental Thrashing” and “Living Beyond Our Capacity” – Jesus Wants Us to Live Only to the “Fullness” He Gave Us

January 18, 2021

Today’s Uncertainties Tend to Lead to “Mental Thrashing” and “Living Beyond Our Capacity” – Jesus Wants Us to Live Only to the “Fullness” He Gave Us

 MESSAGE SUMMARYMost of us are living our lives “above our capacity for fullness” – at a level with no space or extra. Therefore, you can bring on chaos in your life producing feelings of being overwhelmed by events; exhausted on an emotional level; and physically debilitated. Spiritually, you become a wimp. Paul, in Ephesians 4:15-16, tells you 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 you do not live your life with the fullness that God as provided you, you are wounding the cause of Jesus; and you are hurting yourself.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Hatred. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Love. “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).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Ephesians 4:13-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:7-9;1 Corinthians 3:10-16; Psalms 78b:19-36.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “As You ‘Face Difficult Circumstances’ of Pandemic and Civil Discourse, You Are Admonished ‘that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin’", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

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Seeking God as the Lord of Your Life, Including All Your Finances, Will Liberate Your Life

Seeking God as the Lord of Your Life, Including All Your Finances, Will Liberate Your Life

September 30, 2020

Seeking God as the Lord of Your Life, Including All Your Finances, Will Liberate Your Life

           

MESSAGE SUMMARY:  

We are so focused on earning money and other financially driven life activities so that it is easy for money and finances to become “our god”.  Making finances “our god” violates the Second Commandment. If Jesus is Lord over all Creation, as we are told in Psalms 24:1, then: “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.”; therefore, everything that has been entrusted to you is God’s. In James 5:1-3, the author of the Book of James provides insight into someone 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 AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, He will supply all my needs. (Philippians 4:19). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”. (Philippians 4:14).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Psalms 24:1-10; James 5:1-6; Psalms 25:1-22; Psalms 45:1-17.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Irrespective of Your Personal Wealth and Status, God Has Entrusted You with Much; and You Are Accountable", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

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For Followers of Jesus, God Changes Your Thinking and Your Attitudes – He Gives You A New Heart

For Followers of Jesus, God Changes Your Thinking and Your Attitudes – He Gives You A New Heart

September 5, 2020

For Followers of Jesus, God Changes Your Thinking and Your Attitudes – He Gives You A New Heart

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

God is interested in your heart; He wants you to have a righteous heart. God makes you a new creation through your new created heart being indwelled by the Holy Spirit in your life – God changes your thinking and your attitudes. In Romans 8:26-27, Paul describes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in followers of Jesus resulting in a new person, with a new heart, in Jesus: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.". The salt and light of you, as a Follower of Jesus, comes from your righteousness – not just in your deeds and appearance but, also, through your inner person – I other words your new heart.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, I will entrust to Him my future. I 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).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Proverbs 3:1-7; Romans 2:29; Romans 8:26-28; Psalms 84:1-12.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“America Will Not Survive as a Nation Unless the People of God Stand Up and Plead for Our Survival - Pray for America": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

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If Churches Led Our Culture to Put Away Bitterness, Wrath, and Anger, Today’s Cultural Dissonance Would Disappear

If Churches Led Our Culture to Put Away Bitterness, Wrath, and Anger, Today’s Cultural Dissonance Would Disappear

August 28, 2020

If Churches Led Our Culture to Put Away Bitterness, Wrath, and Anger, Today’s Cultural Dissonance Would Disappear

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

Your “calling” by Jesus is to love one another; to lift each other up; and to praise and to encourage one another. How often, in the church, do we get our feathers ruffled and start “acting like a bunch of turkeys”? Too many of us “are not responding to God’s call”; but we “are doing our church duty”. After all, isn’t just “doing our duty” what we have been taught? No! Followers of Jesus are called to be humble, gentle, and patient bearing with one another in love. Paul succinctly defines our obligations as a follower of Jesus in Ephesians 4:31-32: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.". Our service to God is more than service or obligation (i.e. “duty”). You should respond to Jesus’ “call” to you by emulating Jesus in your life.

 

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).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Mathew 6:14-15; Psalms 130:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Psalms 30:1-12.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“America Will Not Survive as a Nation Unless the People of God Stand Up and Plead for Our Survival - Pray for America": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

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Your Confessions to God Are to Remind You that You Are to Forgive Others as God Has Forgiven You

Your Confessions to God Are to Remind You that You Are to Forgive Others as God Has Forgiven You

August 23, 2020

Your Confessions to God Are to Remind You that You Are to Forgive Others as God Has Forgiven You

 

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

If God has forgiven you, why do you have to confess your sins? Confession is to remind you that you, as a follower of Jesus, are to forgive others as Jesus forgave you. Your forgiving others means that you release others from the offense that you believe they have committed against you. Jesus set the “forgiveness standard” for you as Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:31-32: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.". However, your forgiveness is not conditioned on the offender coming and asking you for their forgiveness – if you are like Jesus, you have already forgiven the offender. If you don’t forgive like Jesus, the offense festers and turns into resentment; and these unhealthy feelings are happening in you and not in the perceived offender because you have not forgiven your perceived offender as instructed be Jesus – “forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONI affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FORGIVEN. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Ephesians 4:31-32; Mathew 6:14-15; Psalms 130:3-4; Psalms 32:1-11.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Followers of Jesus Must Become the Holy Spirit’s Supporter in Today’s Marketplace of Unbelievers ", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

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Husbands, in Today’s Stress, Do Not Forget that Only Your Relationship with God Should Rank Higher

Husbands, in Today’s Stress, Do Not Forget that Only Your Relationship with God Should Rank Higher

August 15, 2020

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

Husbands, other than your relationship with God, your wife must be your relationship priorityYour relationship priorities define what your whole life-focus is about. In Genesis 2:24, God established the framework for the relationship and life-focus between husband and wife: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”. Paul, in Ephesians 5:25, expresses God’s expectations for the husband in his relationship with his wife: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”. Faithfulness to your wife involves the quality of your relationship with your wife, but “relationship quality”, also, involves all aspects of your “relationship” -- adultery is the ultimate act of “unfaithfulness”. In Mathew 19:4-7, Jesus repeats God’s instructions from Genesis 2:24; but Jesus makes clear, in Matthew 19:6b, that Marriage demands: “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”. Many things can get in the way of your relationship with your wife; therefore, your wife must be your relationship focus.

Your work. the world, the country, your friends, and your family have so many issues and hurts for which Jesus and His Gospel are the answer; but we keep God’s good news a secret by our unwillingness to live a visible life walking the talk of the Gospel and sharing the Gospel. Do you have the faith and courage and are you willing to share the Gospel? If you do, then pray for God’s guidance to you for His will and role for you. However, a husband can let others see Jesus in him by having a visible and real high priority relationship with his wife.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ, I will trust in the Lord with all my heart. I will trust in the Lord 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).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Genesis 2:24-25; Mathew 19:4-7; Ephesians 5:25-33; Psalms 22a:1-16.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“Jesus Will Call You; If You Have Reservations or Constraints To Following Jesus, He Is Not Lord of Your Life!": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

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Death: Have You Prepared for Your Death by Following Jesus’ “Great Commission” and Made Disciples of Your Family?

Death: Have You Prepared for Your Death by Following Jesus’ “Great Commission” and Made Disciples of Your Family?

June 18, 2020

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

Most of us do not like to think about and plan for death, especially our own. However, Paul in. Romans 6:23, made your life and death position very clear: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.". As part of your preparations for eternity, you should take one time each year to evaluate and to reflect on your position for facing death and realizing eternal life by identifying those changes that you must make in your life and in your relationship with God. Your preparation for your death will be a blessing for you and your family. Are you prepared to face your death? Will you have eternal life? What about those you leave behind – are you being a good steward of your life and your death?  Also, what about your family; are they prepared for their earthly death and to receive their eternal life? In Matthew 28:18, Jesus gave you His Great Commission for your life’s focus: “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.". Have you followed Jesus’ Great Commission, for your own family, by making disciples of your family members?

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, 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).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Romans 5:12-15; Romans 7:24-25; Matthew 28:18-20; Psalms 147:1-20.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“What Do People See In You as You Live Your Life? As a Christian, You Live Through The Holy Spirit - God’s Gift": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

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Marriage and Family Have Been Under Attack to the Degree that They Are Losing Value in Our Culture

Marriage and Family Have Been Under Attack to the Degree that They Are Losing Value in Our Culture

June 14, 2020
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DEVOTIONAL VIDEO

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

Marriage – A Current Assessment (Christ the King Anglican Church; Birmingham, AL)

The plan and fabric that God designed to keep us together and thriving – marriage and the family – is being perverted. Marriage and the family, in current decades, have been under attack to the degree that marriage is now losing its value in our culture.

In Mark 10:6-9, Jesus speaks to God’s plan for marriage: “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.’”.

Throughout history humans have corrupted God’s beautiful plan for His Creation. In Mark 10:7, we see God’s pattern for marriage. In Mark 10:8, we are provided with God’s purpose for marriage; and the product of this “one flesh” is children. By becoming “one flesh” in marriage, the man and women become a “new trinity” – husband, wife, and the Lord. In this “marriage trinitarian relationship”, each child is brought into this family relationship in the same way that we, as followers of Jesus, are brought into our personal relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through the Gospel. In Mark 10:9 we see God’s expressed permeance of marriage.

God’s design and plan for marriage, as presented by Jesus in Mark 10, is ideal for us as humans, our nation. and our culture; but His plan is being increasingly perverted. Therefore, what should we do, as followers of Jesus, about these “attacks on marriage”? We can: 1) stand up, speak up and speak God’s truth – Christians need to stop be trampled upon by this divergent culture; 2) model good and Godly marriage and family life to the culture; 3) you teach your children, you not the church/school/government, about God and His plan for marriage and the family; and 4) pray and ask God to intervene in these attacks and to support our seeking to achieve His plan for our own marriage and the family – prayer does change things, and it brings the power of God.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONI affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S EYES. God 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).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Mark 10:6-9; John 10:10; Genesis 2:21-25.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“Marriage and Family Have Been Under Attack to the Degree that They Are Losing Value in Our Culture": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

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What Are You Denying Yourself Today that Enables You to Better Serve God and His Kingdom?

What Are You Denying Yourself Today that Enables You to Better Serve God and His Kingdom?

June 11, 2020

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

In a time in which we hear so much about self-help, self-image, and self-actualization, Jesus is saying self-denial is the way to life. Jesus tells us, in Matthew 16:24, that self-denial is a key element in following Him: “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’". “Taking up one’s cross” means to die to self-ambitions. When we die to our self-ambitious and put them on the cross, Jesus’ life moves through us: “Not my will but Thy will.”. By denying self, we become alive in Jesus; and His Spirit flows through us – we experience eternal life and abundant life

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, 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).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Matthew 16:24; Mathew 10:38-39; Galatians 6:14-17; Psalms 141:1-10.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“What Do People See In You as You Live Your Life? As a Christian, You Live Through The Holy Spirit - God’s Gift": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

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