Police Devotional

Christine Aichele : October 14, 2014 6:36 pm : Police Devotional

When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” (Mark 2:5-12)

A man who couldn’t walk was brought to Jesus. His friends climbed onto the roof of the house where Jesus was, broke a hole into it, and lowered their friend down to Jesus. They were confident that Jesus was able and willing to help their friend. As the passage continues, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” (Mark 2:5) Interestingly, He didn’t say—at least not at first—”Rise up and walk.” In truth, the man’s worst problem was not that he couldn’t walk. His worst problem was his sin. He needed for his sins to be forgiven. That problem needed to be taken care of first.

When the religious leaders heard Jesus’ words, they asked, “Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?” (Mark 2:7) They knew that only God could forgive sins. They didn‘t believe that Jesus was God, so they said He was blaspheming—claiming to be God—by claiming to have power to forgive sins. So Jesus asked them, “…Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?” (Mark 2:9) Only God can do either one. So Jesus proved to them that He was God. He did one thing that only God can do—heal a lame man—to prove that He also had power to do something else that only God can do—forgive sins.

Jesus wasn’t just a great moral teacher, or a prophet, as some false religions would have people believe. He is God and is worthy to be worshipped as God. He also died for our sins and was buried, but rose again. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;…” (Revelation 1:18) He, also as God, has the power to forgive sins.

As an officer, you’ll meet many people who have problems in the course of your day. Some of them are self-inflicted. The worst problem that anyone can have, though, is also self-inflicted: the problem of sin. Sin does awful things in people’s lives. Worst of all, it separates people from a holy God and condemns them to eternity in hell. The Lord Jesus, however, is the answer to your sin problem. He forgives sins and saves souls. If you want to see how Jesus can forgive you your sins and save you, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How do I go to Heaven?”

Brian Miller 10/14/2014

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

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Police Devotional

Christine Aichele : October 7, 2014 5:53 pm : Police Devotional

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:…” Psalm 101:3

In a general sense, there are some places that a born-again Christian has no business going. However, what if you’re a Christian cop and you’re called to a fight at a strip club, or a robbery at an adult bookstore? You can’t refuse to go—you’re the police. You have a sworn duty to protect the public. As a Christian, how do you  handle a situation like that and still do your job?

Here’s the answer, and it’s really not difficult. As our verse says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:…” If you‘re called to a strip club or porn shop, you didn’t choose to go there; you were called. Once you get there, though, it’s easy to be tempted to “set something wicked before your eyes.” If you’re called to a sinful place, do your job and do it right! Just don’t let your eyes wander, and DO NOT stay any longer than you have to. If you stay longer than you need to—even if you’re not looking at wicked material—you risk having an appearance of evil, and 1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Even the appearance!

1 Samuel 16:7 says, “…the LORD looketh on the heart.” God knows people’s hearts. If you’re called into some place of temptation and you’re  trying not to look at something you shouldn’t, God knows that. As our verse says, He looks on the heart. But if you stay one second longer than you need to, God knows that, too, and He knows why you‘re staying.

Some officers may feel that if they’re called to a porn shop or a strip club, there’s no harm in paging through the magazines or watching the dancer for a little while after the call is handled. If you know Jesus as Saviour, though, you need to have conviction in your heart about  how desperately wrong pornography is. Much could be said, but here are just two simple reasons why you have no business dealing with it any more than you absolutely have to.

First, when you entertain youself with pornography, you‘re sinning against God. Psalm 101:3 says in plain English, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:…” If you choose to look at pornography in any form, you‘re doing exactly that. You are doing something for which the Lord Jesus had to die a horrible death to forgive. How can you have fellowship with the risen Lord when you do things that are so openly offensive against Him?

Second, when you entertain yourself with pornography, you damage your credibility as a Christian. How would you feel if you got a chance to talk with another officer about Christ, and he laughed in your face and said, “Are you kidding me? You’re a phony! I saw you watching the dancer at the fight call!” Wouldn’t that be humiliating?

As an officer, you can’t entirely avoid seeing and hearing the wickedness in people’s lives. If you know Jesus as Saviour, He can give you grace to do your job well and yet not poison yourself morally by dwelling on all the wickedness you see and hear.

If you’d like to know how to have your sins forgiven and a home in heaven by receiving Jesus as Saviour, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How do I go to Heaven?”

Brian Miller 10/7/2014

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

 

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Police Devotional

Christine Aichele : September 30, 2014 5:57 pm : Police Devotional

And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.” Exodus 5:22-23

Israel was enslaved in Egypt, and God called Moses to lead His people out of slavery. Moses didn’t really want to go, but God gave him signs to assure him that He would be with him. Although Moses took some convincing, he eventually went in to see Pharaoh with God’s demand.

Pharaoh basically laughed in Moses’ face. Not only did he not let Israel go, but he made their work even harder. Before Moses went to see Pharaoh, the Hebrew slaves were given straw to make bricks. However, after Moses’ request, Pharaoh decided that they would have to find their own straw, but the daily quota of bricks required would remain the same.

When the quota of bricks was not reached, the Hebrew supervisors were beaten. Pharaoh told them to focus on their work and not to think about vain things, like worshipping God. Later, the Israelites told Moses and Aaron—in so many words—“Nice going. See what you caused.” The Israelites were angry at him; Pharaoh didn’t respect him; and now, the Hebrews were in even worse trouble.

In our opening passage, we see how frustrated Moses was. It’s important to note, though, that when Moses obeyed God and things didn’t turn out as he thought they should have, he didn’t quit on God. Instead, we see that he brought his complaint to the Lord—which is exactly what God wanted him to do. God’s reply to Moses in the very next verse was this: “Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh:…” Exodus 6:1. In his own time, God moved mightily and showed the arrogant Pharaoh and the Egyptian people that Israel’s God was the true God.

If Moses had quit, he wouldn’t have seen God put the ten plagues on Egypt, open up the Red Sea, destroy the mighty Egyptian army, or keep Israel through all the years in the wilderness. Moses prayed in his difficult hour, and as a result, God answered and helped him: “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped:…” Psalm 28:7.

If you’re saved and striving to serve the Lord, things won’t always go as you would like or as you think they should, and you may be tempted to quit on God:  to quit reading your Bible, going to church, sharing Christ with people, and striving to live pleasing to God because it seems like a big waste of time. Times like that are exactly when you need to go to God in prayer—to “…pour out your heart before him:…” (Psalm 62:8) and to seek His help and strength—“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee:…” (Psalm 55:22). Don’t quit on God and miss a miracle that God wants to do through your life.

Have you ever seen in the Bible how to be surethat your sins are forgiven and that you’ll get to heaven when you die? Please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How do I go to Heaven?” to find out.

Brian Miller 9/30/2014

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

 

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Police Devotional

Christine Aichele : September 23, 2014 1:07 pm : Police Devotional

“…I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” 1 John 2:14

As an officer, you need to know a lot of things. You need to know the law, how to write reports, how to talk to people, when to use force, how much force to use, how to secure a crime scene, how to approach a house or car tactically, how to shoot, how to fight, and how to testify in court. That’s just a very small sampling of all the things you need to know on this job.

Some officers just learn the basics and don’t try to learn more than is needed. Others take extra time to become more knowledgeable and skilled in different areas which makes them better officers. They make more arrests and better arrests; their work is better quality; they enjoy the job more; and most importantly, they’re more effective against criminals. Proverbs 24:5-6 is a scripture that can apply to officers who take the time to learn more. It says, “A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war:…” When you take time to learn more, you will be a more versatile and stronger officer; you will enjoy the job more; and you’ll be more effective in the endless battle against criminals who prey on innocent people.

So it is with the Christian life. The more you make God’s Word a part of your daily life—read it, memorize it, think on it, and strive to obey it throughout your day—the stronger and more effective you’ll be as a Christian and the more you‘ll enjoy your Christian life. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

God uses His Word to speak to people’s hearts, not in an audible voice but in “…a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12. God uses His Word to convince lost sinners that they need to receive Jesus as Saviour. God also speaks to believers through His Word to encourage, challenge, guide, teach, comfort, strengthen, and deal with us. The more time you spend in God’s Word, the more you’ll know about God—how to please him and fellowship with him, share Christ with others, and resist the “…wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11. John’s comment to the “young men” in this verse doesn’t refer to physical strength but strength in knowledge of God’s Word.

If you know Jesus as Saviour, don’t neglect your Bible. If you do, you‘ll miss the joy and blessing of fellowship with God through His Word, and you won‘t be strong as a Christian. You’ll be like the officer who doesn’t work to learn more about the job. He doesn’t enjoy the job very much and is not as effective as the one who takes the time to become knowledgeable.

If you know Jesus as Saviour, take time in God’s Word often and let the Lord speak to your heart. If you aren’t sure that you’ll get to heaven but would love to know, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How do I go to Heaven?”

Brian Miller 9/23/2014

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

 

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Police Devotional

Christine Aichele : September 16, 2014 2:20 pm : Police Devotional

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died…and all the widows stood by him [Peter] weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.” Acts 9:36-37, 39

In the Bible, you’ll find short stories of people who faithfully served the Lord. Their stories are there for an important reason—the things they did and how they lived their lives show how they touched people around them for Christ. One such person was Dorcas, also known as Tabitha, who lived in the city of Joppa. She was a Christian, and was kind and generous. She was known for “good works and almsdeeds which she did.” The Bible doesn’t say whether she was married, or had children, nor does it even give her age. However, she may have been an older lady, because the scripture indicates that she had friends who were widows.

We do know that Dorcas was a handy seamstress and was known for making clothes. One day, though, Dorcas became ill and died. Many people loved her and were heartbroken. When Peter came to visit, the widows “…stood by him weeping,, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made.” Apparently, Dorcas sewed a lot. Maybe she’d see  someone in need of a coat, or another who needed children’s clothes or some another garment, and she would make something for them. Picture, if you will, all the ladies showing Peter the quality-made garments that Dorcas had made.

The story continues that Peter, by the power God gave him, raised Dorcas from the dead. The news spread throughout Joppa, where Dorcas was apparently well-known and well-liked. People apparently also knew that she was a Christian, and when they heard that she had been raised from the dead, many came to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

We learn from Dorcas that the way to make your life more worthwhile and enjoyable is to seek to be a blessing to others. Do you know people who are constantly looking for what they can get for themselves? Do they seem happy? Ecclesiastes 5:10 says that if you constantly seek things for yourself, you won’t be happy even when you get them: “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”

The Lord Jesus said that in order to live your life meaningfully is to serve others. He said of himself, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.“ Mark 10:45. You don’t have to look far to see people who are worse off than you in some way, especially in police work. You see so many to whom you can do a kind deed or even share a kind word. When you know Jesus as Saviour and want to tell others but aren’t sure how to start, being kind is a great help in sharing Christ’s love.

If you’ve not seen in the Bible how to be sure that your sins are forgiven and that you have a home in heaven, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How do I go to Heaven?”

Brian Miller 9/15/2014

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

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