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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Christine Aichele : September 12, 2014 3:01 pm : Police Devotional

And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine…And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.” I Samuel 17:40, 48-49

When David went to the battlefield—where he would ultimately defeat Goliath—his original intention was to drop off food to his older brothers who were soldiers in Israel’s army. Suddenly, he heard Goliath taunting Israel to send their best soldier for a one-on-one duel. David didn’t expect this challenge, but he was ready. David walked toward Goliath. Goliath saw David coming and arose. David broke into a run toward Goliath. David loaded a stone, slung it, and struck Goliath in the forehead. Goliath fell. David took Goliath’s sword and cut off his head.

From the time that David started approaching Goliath to the moment that Goliath fell, how much time elapsed? Thirty seconds? A minute? It certainly wasn’t long. However, in that short time, that minute made a huge difference in many people’s lives. Israel was threatened with slavery and destruction by a God-less, vile people, but David was ready for the moment.

Here’s the application. At any given moment—maybe without warning—you may find yourself in a dangerous nightmare where innocent lives are at stake, and with only moments to act, you need to do something NOW. You need to be ready when that moment arrives. You need to be ready, physically. Spend time training: at the range, in the gym, in the ring, on the track. David trained with his sling. He was in good shape. Practice your police skills. When the moment comes that you need to be strong, fast, accurate, cool-headed, or all of these, the training you put yourself through will pay off. However, if you let yourself get overweight and lazy, and the moment comes and you’re not ready, you’ll regret it.

You also need to be mentally ready. Take this job seriously. Bring your “A” game to work.   David brought his “A” game to the fight against Goliath. The Lord deserves nothing less from you. Learn to use good tactics. The more you do that, the more you learn to be tactically smart. David knew what danger was like before meeting Goliath; he had killed a lion and a bear that had attacked his flock of sheep. David knew about tactics. Practice tactics.

Most of all, be spiritually ready. Trust the Lord to give you grace for this job. David wrote in Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;…” Do you know the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour? If you lost your life on this job—which, tragically, does happen—would you be with the Lord in heaven? If you aren’t sure, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How do I go to Heaven?”

Brian Miller 9/12/2014

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

 

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Christine Aichele : September 4, 2014 3:54 pm : Police Devotional

Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” Psalm 103:20

The Bible was written by man but inspired by God. II Peter 1:21 says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The authors of the books in Scripture didn’t write down any random thought that came into their heads; they were moved by God the Holy Ghost to write what they did.

God’s Word has a voice. Although you can’t hear it audibly, when you read His word, it powerfully speaks to your heart. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

As people read God’s Word, He uses it to deal with them in specific ways. He deals with people according to His Word and always knows how to deal with people just right. When you read God’s word and God deals with your heart, you will be able to say like the author of Psalm 119:65, “Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.”

If you know Jesus as Saviour, God’s word speaks of encouragement and joy when you’re feeling discouraged. In police work, it’s very easy to become discouraged—you see so much sin and crime. It’s easy to become discouraged in your walk with the Lord. However, if you take time to read God’s Word, God will use it to help your faith and joy be strong. Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”

The Bible also gives wisdom. “…the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” Psalm 19:7. To be simple means that you’re not very smart. At times, most of us do and say things that aren’t very smart—God gives us wisdom in His Word to help us.

Reading God’s Word is also a time for us to fellowship with God. God wants His people to enjoy fellowship with Him. We hear from Him through His Word, and He hears from us through prayer and praise: “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” 1 John 1:3-4

God speaks to people’s hearts through His Word inmore ways than can be told in a short devotional. Most importantly, if you don’t know Jesus as Saviour, God’s Word will speak to you of your need for Him. John 20:31 says, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” If you want to know how to have forgiveness of sins and eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How do I go to Heaven?”

Brian Miller 9/1/2014

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

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Christine Aichele : August 26, 2014 2:00 pm : Police Devotional

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

Here is a frightening fact: most people are not headed for heaven. Isn’t that terrible? How could that be true? However, we know it is because Jesus said, “…wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:” and,  “…strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Many people are on the wrong path into eternity, and few are on the right path. In fact, the Lord said, “…few there be that find it,” which means that those on the wrong path probably don’t even know it. They don’t find the right path because they aren’t looking for it.

People are everywhere. You probably know many people: friends, relatives, co-workers. You pass by many people throughout your day. You see people in stores and in cars on the highway. You see many people at work: old, middle-aged, young, male, female, black, white. As an officer, you take reports from victims, pull over traffic violators, arrest suspects, and try to help citizens. All around you are people. They are precious souls, but according to God‘s Word, most of them are without Christ, lost in their sin, and on their way to hell.

Now why would Jesus say such a terrible thing? First of all, He said it so people would accept the truth and deal with it. If you had cancer, would you want your doctor to lie and tell you that you’re okay, or would you want the truth so you could deal with it? Of course, you’d want the truth.

Jesus said it because He doesn’t want people to die lost. II Peter 3:9 says that God is “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” God warns about hell so people will receive Jesus as Saviour and be saved from going there.

Jesus also said it because people who do know Christ as Saviour need to strive to reach people for Christ. If you’re saved, think about this: knowing that each person you deal with during your day is most likely lost without Christ, and knowing that the Lord has given you a command to reach people with the gospel—”Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15—wouldn’t you want to do whatever you could to reach them for Christ?

You may be afraid to talk about Christ because of fear of being made fun of or not being liked. Ask the Lord to help you get past that fear, “…my heart trusted in him, and I am helped:…” Psalm 28:7. Ask the Lord to touch their hearts and use you to reach them, and to help you to be a good witness for Jesus. Don’t just do nothing when you know from God‘s Word that most of the people you meet are lost. That’s the worst thing you could do.

If you want to show someone how to trust Christ as Saviour, or if you yourself want to know, please go go www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How Do I go to Heaven?”

Brian Miller 8/26/2014

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

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Christine Aichele : August 22, 2014 6:43 pm : Police Devotional

“…the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.“ 1 Samuel 14:45

Even though the Bible was written long ago, its words are still powerful and helpful today to those willing to listen. God knows what people need, and He gave us His Word to help us in our everyday life. If you’re a police officer, this story from 1 Samuel 14 is a great example.

When the Philistines attacked Israel, King Saul wasn’t willing to fight them, but Saul’s son, Jonathan, was. He and his armourbearer took on a garrison of twenty Philistine soldiers and slaughtered them. Jonathan inspired Israel to a mighty victory over the Philistines.

When Jonathan returned to the main army, the people were faint. Saul, for some reason, had ordered everyone not to eat. However, because Jonathan had not heard the order, he ate some honey. When Saul found out that Jonathan had violated his order, Saul was ready to put Jonathan to death.

Isn’t it strange that Saul said nothing of Jonathan’s valor, which literally turned the battle around. Instead, he was ready to execute him for violating some questionable order that Jonathan hadn’t even heard. When the people of Israel heard what Saul was going to do, they rose up in Jonathan’s defense, and “…the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.“ 1 Samuel 14:45

What does this story have to do with police work? Think for a moment. Imagine seeing a car rolling that was taken at gunpoint. You follow and hit the overhead lights. The suspects flee—you pursue. They fire shots at you—you fire back. The bad guys crash and flee. You and your buddies catch all three and recover two guns. No cops or innocent people hurt. The police did a great job.

Then your boss comes out from the office where he‘s been hibernating for the past three hours, doing nothing. He never commends you or even asks if you’re okay. Instead, he chews you out for getting into a pursuit and making him actually do some work. Does that scenario sound familiar? Do you see the correlation with the story of Saul and Jonathan?

What can we learn about police work from this? If you’re an officer, you see that good police work makes a difference. Fellow officers and bosses may not appreciate your work—just like Saul didn’t appreciate Jonathan’s work—but that’s not the point. Jonathan made a difference.

If you’re a police leader, you see that, if your officers do well, you should commend them, not  punish them for “making work for you”—aren‘t you on the job to work, anyway? You also see that although departmental rules are important for order and discipline, it’s not good leadership  to punish your officers for every minor violation, like Saul was trying to punish Jonathan.

Isn’t it great what you’ll find in the Bible that will help you? The most important information that God gives is how to have your sins forgiven and have a home in heaven. If you’ve not seen that, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How do I go to Heaven?”

Brian Miller 8/20/2014

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

 

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