Monday, July 24, 2017

A Sinner In Need Of A Savior / Directions



This is the 2nd of 7 devotions with the theme
"Salvation"


A SINNER IN NEED OF A SAVIOR

by
Kent Cooley

(Adapted from John 3:16; Hebrew 4:15; Ephesians 2:9; Romans 10:9)

What did God have to do to redeem us? First of all, God had to love the world to such a great extent that He would give His only begotten son to be conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin and to be offered as a blood sacrifice for the sins of the world. What did Jesus have to do to redeem us? He had to walk on this earth as a man, be tempted in every manner as a man is tempted yet never yield to temptation that He may be the sinless spotless lamb of God to be offered as a sacrifice to redeem us. To buy us back.
Although the Father fulfilled His responsibility and the son fulfilled His responsibility to redeem us, we have a responsibility. We are not saved by works lest any man should boast but we are saved by grace through faith. Grace is what God has done to redeem us. Faith is receiving redemption by believing in our hearts and confessing with our mouths that God has raised Jesus from the dead, humbling ourselves, confessing our sins. This is how we are saved and redeemed by His blood.
Father, I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that you raised up your son Jesus from the dead. I know that I am a sinner in need of a savior. I confess my sins to you. I receive Your son Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour.

DIRECTIONS
Devotion: A Sinner In Need Of A Savior
(Adapted from Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:9; Matthew 7:14)
Verse 1
I stopped to ask directions
On the side of the road
Just where to find forgiveness
From a sin stricken soul
It was an old preacher,
He had an old black book
I opened it up and read as I looked
Chorus
A heart of repentance, a bended knee
A mouth that confesses
He is risen believes
You’ll never find it by any good deeds
These words will lead you
To forgiveness so free
These are directions to Calvary’s tree
Verse 2
I’ll always remember the day when I prayed
When I started traveling
The strait and narrow way
When I get to heavens portals
This will be the song I sing
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
©LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by KentCliffordCooley

LOVE KNOCKED ON MY DOOR / HeLivesInside



This is the 1st of 7 devotions with the theme of
"Salvation"

To be rooted and grounded in love
one must first receive Christ and be born again.
If you have not been born again,
this is where your love walk will begin.
If you are born again this is where your love walk began.
It is the love of God that is shed abroad by the Holy Spirit
(Romans 5:5).


LOVE KNOCKED ON MY DOOR


(Adapted from John 16:8)
Jesus prophesied that when the Holy Spirit came, He would convict and convince the world of sin. He would demonstrate to the world uprightness of heart and right standing with God. He would expose sin and prove to people that they are in need of a Savior.
I am a preacher’s kid. I grew up sleeping under church pews. I was in church every night. R.W. Schambach bounced me on his knee. I heard every sermon about sin and tribulation and hell that there was in those days. I heard it all. I would go to the altar after hearing a message that made me afraid. Fear led me to the altar many times before my ninth birthday. I didn’t want to be left behind. But every time I walked away from the altar, I was not changed. One day when I was nine and at a youth camp, a counselor came into our room. It was past curfew time and the lights were off. He was weeping when he stepped into our room. He talked about Calvary. He said if we rejected Calvary, we would be rejecting His love. I felt conviction. I began to weep and sob. It was the Holy Spirit that I felt, bringing conviction to my heart. This time the Holy Spirit was convincing my heart that I was a sinner and needed a Savior. There was no fear involved. I made my way to the big open tabernacle and to the altar. This time I was changed because the Holy Spirit did the work of conviction and convinced me of my sin. He convinced me that I needed to be in right standing with the Father. I left the altar that night changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit had knocked on my door and brought love and not fear. Love changed me and I am still changed by the power of that love.

Father, thank you for conviction motivated by love and not by fear. I renounce my sin because of Your great love for me. I love You and want a relationship with You now and through all eternity. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for convincing me to turn my heart toward the Father. I am so glad that I did.


HE LIVES INSIDE
Devotion: Love Knocked on My Door
(Adapted from John 16:8)
Verse 1:
Years ago at a youth camp it was late at night,
Someone knocked upon our door and they stepped inside
They talked about the love of Jesus that is when I cried
I got up and I went outside, I walked to that old camp alter,
I opened my heart’s door wide
Chorus:
He lives inside, I’m so glad I let Him in,
He took away my sin, He abides, He lives inside
When He came he came to stay,
The Truth, the Light, the Way lives inside
Verse 2:
It’s been a long, long journey since I first begun
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come
The same One who knocked upon my heart’s door to reside
Is the One who will evermore abide
He’ll be there what ‘ere may be tide
© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley Devotion by KentCliffordCooley


Friday, July 21, 2017

IS THERE MORE THEN ONE WAY TO GOD? / HowWillYouEscape



This is the 7th of 7 devotions with the theme
"Redemption"

This is the impartation devotion; Father, thank you for redemption.
I receive the finished work of redemption for salvation, healing and deliverance.

IS THERE MORE THAN ONE WAY TO GOD?
by
Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from John 14:6; John 10:1)

Most religions teach that there is more than one path to God and some teach that there are many paths to one God. Are all religions that teach this in error? Are there different paths that lead people to God and to heaven? This question must have risen in Jesus’ day because He clearly addressed this issue:
“I am the way the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
I am the door to the sheepfold.
If any man tries to get in some other way,
he is the same as a thief and a robber and he cannot enter in.”
Jesus clearly asserted that He is the one exclusive path to God. God is the source of eternal life and Jesus is the avenue to that source. Jesus and the Father are one. This claim makes the world angry and creates oppositions in many religions thus the different paths to God.
Father, I believe in Jesus and I accept the truth that Jesus is the door to heaven and to you. I proclaim that Jesus is the Lord of my life and I will seek for no other. Thank you for making a way for me to come to the Father.


HOW WILL YOU ESCAPE?
(Adapted from Matthew 26:42; Hebrews 1:3; 2:3; 9:22)
Verse
Father if there be some other way
Let this cup pass from me
But nevertheless not my will but Thine be done
If there had been some other way
He wouldn’t have died on the cross
He came to seek, He came to save
That which was lost
Chorus
How will you escape
If you neglect so great a salvation
There’s no other way
But through His blood for this redemption
Come to him today
Don’t turn Him away
On your knees just pray
Bridge
Oh my friend, if you don’t know Jesus,
If your not saved by His grace
Eternity waits for your answer
Oh my friend, don’t delay
©LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by RebeccaAnnCooley / All Rights Reserved


Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE REDEEMED / A New Song





This is the 6th of 7 devotions with the theme
"Redemption"


THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD
by
Kent Cooley

(Adapted from Revelation 7:13, 14)

Then, addressing me, one of the elders said,
Who are these clothed in the long white robes?
And from where have they come?
I replied, Sir, you know. And he said to me,
These are they who have come 
out of the great tribulation,
and have washed their robes and made them white 
in the blood of the Lamb.

We are the redeemed of the Lord, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. God has bought us with His own precious blood. We are now a part of a very elite group in heaven entitled “The Redeemed.”

Thank you Father for loving us and redeeming us with the precious blood of Your Son. We rejoice in this great redemption. Jesus, You are the Lamb of God. We love You because You first loved us. We are Your redeemed.

“Oh, my Redeemed, not only do I look forward with great anticipation to hearing all my redeemed lift their voices as one to sing a new song unto me, the song of the redeemed, but I also cherish you, my Redeemed now. Lift your voices in song unto me. You are my Redeemed. I cherish the sound of your voices rejoicing in Me and in this redemption. I am rejoicing over you now and I soon shall rejoice over you with joy and joy over you with singing.”


A NEW SONG
Devotion: The Redeemed
(Adapted from Revelation 7:13, 14)
Verse 1:
I once sang a song that was lowly and blue
I once sang a song, the only song I knew
But then the Spirit came,
I praised His holy name
And He placed within my heart a song of praise
Chorus:
He has placed within my heart a song
And I will sing unto the Lord a new song
Even a song of praise unto my God, a new song
He has placed within my heart a song
And I will sing unto the Lord a new song
Even a song of praise unto my God,
A new song to my God
Verse 2:
And there shall come a time
When the Redeemed of the Lord
Shall sing a song they’ve never sung before
With their voices they’ll sing,
O how the heavens will ring,
A song the holy angels cannot sing
© LoveWalkPublishing
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by KentCliffordCooley

Monday, July 17, 2017

HARVEST IS COMING / We Got It Made


This is the 5th of 7 devotions with the theme
"Redemption"


HARVEST IS COMING!

by
Kent Cooley

(Adapted from Matthew 16:26; Ephesians 2:8)

When I was just a boy in the 70's, I remember a song by Joel Hemphill that left a great impression on me.

Pity the man who has treasures to hold
Yet he holds not the peril of great price.
Pity the man though he lives long on earth
Yet he holds not the giver of life.
Doctor or lawyer, traveler or merchant,
Builder who builds on the sand.
Pauper or King to be saved is the thing.
If he’s lost then pity the man.

At the beginning of this new year, we once again re-evaluated our goals and looked back over what has been accomplished from where we were last January. I am not just speaking of the monetary and financial aspects of life. I speak of accomplishments and achievements in the spiritual realm as well. Most of the time there is a price to pay for God's perfect will and one's destiny. It is a process that takes faith, patience and time. Few people pursue just this in their lifetime. But it is so worth it – the journey as well as the destination. I would not change places with the most elite in town. However, I do believe a harvest time is coming. It always does after seed is planted, watered and tended to. It is God's way. There is a harvest in this life from seed sown but the greater harvest is eternal.

Father, thank you for this journey that you have me on. It is exciting to think about the spiritual truths that are yet to dawn on me. It is exciting to wonder what is the next chapter in this season on earth. We really do have it made because when all is said and done in my life and all my accomplishments have been achieved and my destiny road ends, I will move into my mansion and begin a new life in heaven! Wow! Let the redeemed of the Lord say, "We've got it made!




WE’VE GOT IT MADE
Devotion: Harvest is Coming!
(Adapted from Matthew 16:26; Ephesians 2:8)
Chorus
We’ve got it made
We’ve been washed in the blood of the Lamb
We’ve got it made
We won the prize for the race Jesus ran
We’ve got it made
Our debt’s been paid
We’ve got it made
By His grace we’ve been saved
Verse
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob dug wells
That all of their children would receive
Though they shed not one drop of sweat to dig,
Still they came for generations to drink
In the garden of Gethsemane,
Jesus shed great drops of blood
Digging a well of salvation,
With joy we can drink from because of His love.

©LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by KentAndRebeccaCooley / All Rights Reserved

Friday, July 14, 2017

PROPHECY FULFILLED / I Thirst



This is the 4th of 7 devotions with the theme
"Redemption"
PROPHECY FULFILLED
by
Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from John 19:28-30, 35-36; Matthew 27:34)

I was there that day with my mother at the hill called Golgotha. I knew what was happening was more than what I could see. Scripture was being fulfilled right before my eyes. I, John, have recorded just what I saw that day so that you may believe also.

He refused the wine they offered him. I knew He must be at the point of death but He said He was thirsty. This time vinegar was offered to Him on a sponge and He took it. I thought, “No! The vinegar will seep into your wounds and it will be even more painful!” Now I realize, He was not asking to quench His thirst. He was fulfilling Scripture. The Messiah knew that everything needed to be complete. He was not a helpless, powerless victim. He was very much aware of every Scripture that spoke of His atoning death as the promised Messiah. He had been orchestrating events all along so that His death would perfectly fulfill every prophetic detail to complete His mission. After receiving the vinegar, He said, “It is finished!” All prophecy was fulfilled and His mission was accomplished. I saw Him die.

Lord, You are the One who created the oceans. You are the One who created water! You held time and eternity in Your hands on the cross and You hold it now. You drank the sour wine. You took the bitter cup. You died by choice, not because they made You. You did it for me. You connected Yourself to me in love on that cross. My words are not enough to say thank you, Lord. Thank you for what You did for me.


I THIRST
Devotion: Prophecy Fulfilled
(Adapted from John 19:28-30)
Verse
In the beginning He created the streams
In the beginning He created the rivers
In the beginning He created all things
How is it that I now hear Him cry,
Chorus
I thirst, hear Him cry I thirst, on the cross He cried I thirst
Bridge
Every ‘t’ was crossed, every ‘i’ was dotted
He fulfilled every prophecy as he cried . . .

©LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by RebeccaAnnCooley
All Rights Reserved

Thursday, July 13, 2017

THE SCARLET THREAD OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS / BrokenForMe

This is the 3rd of 7 devotions with the theme
"Redemption"




THE SCARLET THREAD OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS
by
Kent Cooley



(Adapted from Gen 3:21; Revelation 7:14)

Several years ago I had the privilege of serving as music minister and adult Sunday school teacher at a church in High Point, NC. When I was given this position to teach, I felt led to begin in Genesis and study “The Scarlet Thread of the Blood of Jesus” throughout scripture. It began with the account of how God made coats of skin for Adam and Eve. This was the first shedding of blood for the covering of their nakedness. This foreshadowed the blood of Jesus. The study lasted for over a year of Sunday mornings and it ended in Revelation 7:14.

These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes,
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Father, thank you for the scarlet thread of the blood of Your son, Jesus. Thank you for the promise shown in many types and shadows throughout all history of the blood of the Lamb shed for us. I acknowledge that only the blood of Your Son, Jesus can wash away my sins. I receive the redemption You have provided me through the Lamb slain for us now. Thank you for the blood of Jesus.


BROKEN FOR YOU
Devotion:
(Adapted from Hebrews 9:22; Acts 4:12 Rev 13:8; John 1:29; Isaiah 53:5)
Verse 1:
Without the shedding of blood
There’s no remission of sin, no remission at all
And there’s no other name whereby we are saved,
So on Him we call
We were under condemnation,
But for every situation
He was slain from the foundation of the world
Chorus:
Broken for me and He was broken for you
At the whipping post for my healing was bruised
I can’t contain so much love that my Lord would pursue
See the blood streaming down from the cross it is true
Jesus was broken for me
His body was broken for you
Verse 2:
Throughout the old testament
There’s a scarlet thread of the blood of the lamb
And the question was asked,
Where’s the Lamb without spot or blemish for us
The question was finally answered
As John the Baptist did stand
The moment that he saw Jesus he cried,
“Behold the Lamb”
© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley Devotion by KentCliffordCooley