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Monthly Devotional

November Devotional

Cry Out To God
By Pastor Lew Pizzala

“And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” 26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the LORD” Gen. 4:25,26

Did you know that the first title, in the Bible, to describe God’s people was not “Christian” or “believer?” Instead it was those who “call on the name of the Lord.” From this point you read of an ignited response of those who “call upon the name of the Lord.” After 430 years of bondage to the Egyptians the children of Israel cried out unto God. Israel crying out to God was Israel at her best. However, Israel in the wilderness “whining” about life’s conditions is Israel at her worst. God wants to raise up “criers” and not “whiners.”

You can cry your way out of bondage, provided that you cry out to God. You can cry your way into deliverance, provided you cry out to God. What is the difference between a “whiner” and a “crier?” Those who whine seek to catch the ear of others; those who cry out to God seek to catch the ear of the Father. Those who whine see only the problem; those who cry out to God see the solutions. When Israel whined they were forbidden access into the Promised Land. When she cried out to God, she came forth out of Egypt.

Prayer: “Forgive me for complaining and murmuring. May that energy be transformed into a life of intercession before the hearing ear of an All Powerful God.”

 

October Devotional

Always Look For A Rainbow
By Pastor Lew Pizzala

“The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. 10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You” (Psa. 9:9,10)

God had only one Son without sin, but He has never had one son without a trial. But in every trial God has a rainbow. In the Bible the rainbow was a covenant sign from God to indicate His faithfulness and mercy. Three men saw rainbows. John the Revelator saw a rainbow before the trial (Rev. 4:3); Ezekiel saw a rainbow in the middle of the trial (Ezek. 1:28); and Noah saw a rainbow after the trial (Gen. 9:11-17).

There are three relationships to a trial. Whether it is before the trial, in the midst of the trial or after the trial, God has a rainbow. A covenant sign just for you that He will show His faithfulness and mercy, so you can live in victory. God’s responsibility is to provide the rainbow; yours is to look for it.

Prayer: “Grant me grace to see your faithfulness and mercy no matter where I am situated in relationship to this trial. May mercy fall on me, from the hand of a merciful God.”

 

August Devotional…

The Word And The Mirror

By Pastor Lew Pizzala

The Bible makes it clear why we need to “continue” in the Word of God: if we don’t we will forget what we look like.   Perhaps you don’t want to be reminded of what a no good sinner you are. But understand that just as a mirror can be your enemy, it can also be your friend.  This Bible is a two edged sword.  While it’s true the Word can expose the sin in your life, it can also reveal the righteousness in your life.  It not only shows you what is wrong with you, it also shows you what is right with you.

This how you overcome the Accuser. When you look into the mirror and it reflects the “righteousness of God” and then you walk away the enemy comes to remind you of your past, so you will forget what you look like:  the righteousness of God.  The key: stay in front of the mirror.

Prayer: “Increase my love for the Word of God so that I will be continually walk in a divine reflection of who I really am and what I can do.”

 

 

April Devotional

Two Sets Of Eyes by Pastor Lew Pizzala

“Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law”  (Psalm 119:18)

 To live a victorious faith life you must understand that there is a big difference between your natural eyes and your spiritual eyes. Every believer has two sets of eyes: natural and spiritual.  The Bible talks about “the eyes of your heart.”  Your inner man has a set of spiritual eyes.  If you choose to look at the events of your life with spiritual eyes you will operate with a “divine viewpoint.”  If you look at them with natural eyes you will operate with a “human viewpoint.”  Your viewpoint will be determined by what you choose to look through.

Let God’s Word serve as a filter over your eyes. Look at your finances through your bible.  See your marriage in light of God’s promises.  Are you seeing the economy in recession?  Or, are you seeing the Lord as your shepherd and you shall not want?  It makes a difference!!

Prayer: “Teach me to see things in the light of God’s Word so I may think the thoughts of God and feel His emotions concerning every circumstance of my life.”

January Devotional

When You Don’t Understand    By Pastor Lew Pizzala

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5,6)

It would be nice to live in a world where no one died, no one cried and no one sighed. But the fact of the matter is: we don’t live in an ideal world; we live in a real world.  It’s in this real world that we accumulate our disappointments, hurts, nicks and wounds.  The problem is when we take our heartache and attach it to our own understanding.  Are you trying to figure things out on your own?  Have you “shelved” the Bible during these times?  Your own thoughts are like “props” that are easily kicked out from underneath you.  God’s Word is eternal and forever settled.  Here is a liberating thought: “Life is not based on explanations, it is built on promises.”  God promises to “never leave you nor forsake you.”  Yours is to trust Him.  Remember…trust isn’t so much you taking hold of God’s hand as much as it is being so vulnerable to the circumstances of life that you let Him take your hand. He pleases God best, who trusts Him most.

Prayer: “Lord help me to start the new year out depending on you! Enable me to trust that it is you Who is overseeing my story.”

December Devotional…..

“But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”  Luke 18:16, 17

If you want to warm the heart of your heavenly Father, then be careful to maintain a child like faith. It’s been said that:  “the strongest faith is found in a child’s heart.”  In Luke 18 Jesus calls our attention to the importance of “child like faith” for a couple of reasons.  First, because He simply loved children, but second, to serve as a contrast to the religious leaders who let their stubbornness and sophistication stand in the way of, not only themselves, but others trying to make it into the kingdom of heaven.  You say:  “Isn’t a child someone who is spoiled, needy, clingy and whiney?”   They can be, but there is a big difference between being “childlike” and “childish.”  Childlike faith shows up in your trust.  When the news comes on the radio about a slumping economy, your child just sleeps away in the back seat of the car.  Mom and dad will take care of me.  Childlike faith shows up in your thoughts.  If you could crawl into the mind of a child you would discover it to be a world of dreams, imaginations and creativity.  Childlike faith shows up in your talk.  “My dad can beat your dad up.  My dad is bigger than your dad.”  Children make big, bold and brave confessions.   There are many ways faith is described in the Bible but perhaps no faith puts a smile on the face of the Father, like a child like faith.

Prayer: “May the characteristics of a child like faith be the portion of my walk with Jesus. Be pleased with my simple belief that you will take care of me today.”

November Devotional

sharing

Sharing Your Faith By Pastor Lew Pizzala

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

If you want to witness wherever you go let it be as simple as informally sharing your faith with others. Certain evangelism models can and often times make us feel uncomfortable.  Personality and temperament often times get in the way.  What would happen if witnessing was as simple as taking an interest in another; striking up a conversation and then looking for a way to simply share what you have experienced?  When Jesus met up with the woman at the well, He simply struck up a conversation with her; looked for an opening to witness and did it.

Most of us are more natural when it is informal. Start talking about the natural, go to the spiritual and discern if they are taking the bait.  If so, set the hook.  If not, transition back to the natural.  No longer is it “come and see”; now it is “go and tell.”

Prayer: “I want to tell people how they can have a personal relationship with Jesus.  Help me to be as wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove in my evangelism, lest I show the hook and not catch the lost.”

 

August Devotional…

faith By Pastor Lew Pizzala

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” Matt. 6:34

 There may be no greater anxiety in all of life than worrying about the future. You know you are struggling too much with worrying about tomorrow, because tonight you will sleep too little.  Why do we worry about tomorrow?  First, we worry about our future because we forget about our yesterdays.  When you remember how God was with you yesterday, you will trust Him for tomorrow.  Second, we worry too much about our future because we disobeyed God in our yesterdays.  More than one Christian has viewed tomorrow with a condemned conscience, because of yesterday’s disobedience.  Third, we worry to much about our future because of the fear of the unknown.  Find the believer who has trained his imagination not to fear the unknown and you will find one who faces tomorrow with trust.

Prayer: “Be the Lord over my mind and heart.  I believe you to be with me in the future, because you are the same yesterday, today and forever.”

July Devotional

eyes

By Pastor Lew Pizzala

“Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law”  (Psa. 119:18)

 To live a victorious faith life you must understand that there is a big difference between your natural eyes and spiritual eyes. Every believer has two sets of eyes: natural and spiritual.  The Bible talks about “the eyes of your heart.”  Your inner man has a set of spiritual eyes.  If you choose to look at the events of your life with spiritual eyes you will operate with a “divine viewpoint.”  If you look at them with natural eyes you will operate with a “human viewpoint.”  Your viewpoint will be determined by what you choose to look through. Let God’s Word serve as a filter over your eyes. Look at your finances through your bible.  See your marriage in light of God’s promises.  Are you seeing the economy in recession?  Or, are you seeing the Lord as your shepherd and you shall not want?  It makes a difference!!

Prayer: “Teach me to see things in the light of God’s Word so I may think the thoughts of God and feel His emotions concerning every circumstance of my life.”

June Devotional

broken

God’s Principle Of Brokenness

By Pastor Lew Pizzala

 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit” Psalm 34:18

Your level of brokenness before God determines your usefulness by God. Moses lived to be one hundred and twenty years of age.  The first forty years he thought he was a somebody living in the palace of the king; second forty years he found out that he was a nobody, taking care of his father in laws sheep on the back side of a desert.  The third forty years he found out that God could take a nobody and make a somebody out of him.  What made the difference?  Forty years on the backside of that desert broke him.  The reason a “broken heart” and a “contrite spirit” are so valuable to a believer is because they both pull God in.  Why do the brokenhearted think God to be so far away?  A heart that is broken and contrite over sin is a sacrifice that is well pleasing to God. God is more pleased with a heart that mourns over sin, than when the bullock bleeds beneath the axe.

Prayer:  “Help me not to live in a hardened state less I miss your nearness to my life.”

 

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