Touch of Faith Ministry morning
devotions are taken from the book The Faith I Live By written by Ellen G.
Heaven a Real Place, December 28 —
Pastor Ephraim explains that heaven is a real place that we won't be
angels floating around on clouds, but will live and love with others. He
reminds us of the Scripture which says, "And my people shall dwell in a
peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places."
Heaven Begins on Earth, December 27 —
Jesus invites His people to experience heaven in this present world. He
says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and i will
give you rest." Matthew 11:28. Pastor Ephraim explains how we begin the
Bright Beams of Glory, December 26 —
What is heaven like? Will there be marriages there? Will we know each
other? What will tomorrow bring? I didn't get married so God will do
something special for me. Pastor Ephraim explains the danger of
speculating about our desires rather than accepting what God has given.
"For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given
in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven." Mark 12:25.
The Blessedness of Heaven, December 25 —
There are many who want to go to heaven. In fact, most will till you that
they are definitely going. If you go to just about any funeral service,
the pastor placing almost everyone in heaven upon death. But who gets to
go? Pastor Ephraim reminds us of the words of God, "He that overcometh
shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
Worlds Compared, December 24 —
Pastor Ephraim reminds us that heaven is a real place. He uses the Bible
to paint a picture of what it might be like. But he reminds us that "Eye
hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 1 Corinthians
Metropolis of the World, December 23 —
Earthquakes, flood, fires and hailstorm are but a few of the things that
plague our planet. In spite of these things, Scriptures reveals that our
earth will become the metropolis of the universe. Pastor Ephraim reminds
us that heaven comes down to earth. Scripture says, "And the city had no
need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God
did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." Revelation 21:23.
No More Death - Every!, December 22 —
It is hard to imagine a place where no one every dies or where there is
nothing that causes discomfort. Yet, that is exactly what God promises
those who overcome this world. Scripture says, "And God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former
things are passed away." Revelation 21:4.
Bright Beams of Glory, December 21 —
Pastor Ephraim explores the brightness and power of Jesus. He shows that
while Satan will duplicate many of the things that belong to Christ, He
will not be able to duplicate Christ brightness. Scriptures says of
Christ, "And his brightness was as the light; he had bright beams out
of his side: and there was the hiding of his power."
Living the Life of Eden, December 20 —
Pastor Ephraim explains that heaven, while it is to come, begins for the
Christian now. Scripture says, "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was
no more sea." Revelation 21:1.
The Eternal Weight of Glory, December 19 —
Pastor Ephraim reminds us of the power of the indwelling Christ. He shows
that with God in us, we can get through this world and inherit the world
to come. He explains that the trials of this world work for our benefit.
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far
more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." 2 Corinthians 4:17.
The Justice of God, December 18 —
Is God fair? If so, why hasn't He done something about the wickedness we
see? Pastor Ephraim unpacks the justice of God. He digs into the
Scriptures for what the God reveals about His justice and when it will
come. Scriptures says, "He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has
one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him
in the last day." John 12:48.
Satan and the Wicked Destroyed, December 17 —
You've heard the story, Satan is in hell tormenting those who are banished
to hell. Pastor Ephraim reveals what the Bible actually teaches. about the
fate of the wicked. Scripture says, "Thou has rebuked the heathen, thou
hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out heir name for ever and ever."
The Supremacy of Jesus, December 16 —
Pastor Ephraim shows that in the end every creature will acknowledge the
supremacy of Jesus, even the Devil. Scripture says, "That at the name of
Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and
things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:10,11.
Descent of the New Jerusalem, December 15 —
Many Christians at looking forward to the reestablishment of the earthly
Jerusalem. Pastor Ephraim reveals that God has something far better in
store, the New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven. Scripture reveals
the truth. It says, "And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and
high mountain, and shewed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem,
descending out of heaven from God." Revelation 21:10.
We Shall Judge Angels, December 14 —
You've heard it before, "Don't judge me! Only God can judge." Pastor
Ephraim reveals the startling biblical truth that saints will judge. "Know
you not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to
this life?" 1 Corinthians 6:3.
The Captivity of Satan, December 13 —
The Devil is often depicted as being in charge of hell. Pastor Ephraim
reveal the truth of the matter. He shows that Satan that old Devil will be
taken captive. Scripture says, "And I saw an angel come down from heaven,
having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he
laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan,
and bound him a thousand year." Revelation 20:1, 2.
A Crown for Every Saint, December 12 —
Unlike a race that acknowledges first, second and third place, Pastor
Ephraim reminds us that God has a crown for all who enter heaven. He
explains what all Christians must do to receive their crown. Scriptures
says, "Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried,
he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them
that love him." James 1:12.
This Same Jesus Shall Return, December 11 —
In this age in which we live, the words of Jesus have been proven true.
Several individuals are walking around claiming to be Jesus Christ. Pastor
Ephraim reminds us that Jesus Himself and not another will return.
Scripture says, "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in
like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Acts 1:11.
Preparation for Translation, December 10 —
How does one ensure his salvation? Does he have to do anything beside
attend church? Pastor Ephraim looks at what is necessary for all
Christians to do in order to prepare to be translated. He reminds us of
the words of Scripture. "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not
see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before
his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." Hebrews 11:5.
The King Appears in Person, December 9 —
There are many who are confused about the Second Coming and what it will
be like. They have been told that it will be a secret, that it happens
when Jesus comes into the heart and many other things. Pastor Ephraim
reminds us what the Bible actually says. "Our God shall come, and shall
not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very
tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and
to the earth, that he may judge his people." Psalm 50:3, 4.
Even so, Come, Lord Jesus, December 8 —
Why are some Christians "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious
appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13),
while others are fearful? Why are some saying "Even so, Come, Lord Jesus?"
Friends, the Second Coming is a day that every believers should long and
hope for. Pastor Ephraim discusses why some might not and what you can do
to ensure that you are among the group that longs for this day.
Saved from Violence, December 7 —
"Some Christians are terrified by what is taking place on the earth. Their
hearts are failing them with fear, because they don't know what to expect
next. But there is another group who take a different approach. They are
trusting in deliverance from God. Scripture reminds us that "[We] shall
have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness
of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the
Lord, to the mighty One of Israel." Isaiah 30:39.
The Crowning Act of Deception, December 6 —
Deception isn't a joke. Often, by the time you realize that your have been
deceived it is too late. Friends, Satan is preparing the ultimate
deception. He is going to impersonate Christ. Could you tell the
difference? Jesus said, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall
come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Matthew
the Prophecies, December 5 —
"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this
prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is
at hand." Revelation 1:3. Pastor Ephraim reminds us that our speculations
about the future do not determine what will be. Rather, God's prophecies
do. Therefore, if we intend to see Jesus when He returns, it is incumbent
that we study and know the prophecies.
in the Heavens, December
Pastor Ephraim reminds us that while we might not know the exact time when
Jesus will return, we can know signs in the heavens just prior to His
return. Pastor Ephraim reminds us of the words of Christ. "Now learn a
parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth
leaves, ye know that summer is night: so likewise ye, when ye shall see
all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors." Matthew 24:32,
Signs by Land and Sea, December
Unity of sin within churches, unknown days without crime, uncontrollable
mass fires, and unpredictable weather patterns all point to Christ soon
return. Yet society doesn't acknowledge them as such. It is mother nature
or global warming. "The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and
hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man
shall cry there bitterly. Zephaniah 1:14.
The Criers of Peace, December 2 —
There are many religious voices echoing throughout society. Some are
crying "peace and safety,' while other speak of "travail." Who do we
believe? Where is our world heading? Pastor Ephraim reminds us of the
words of the apostle Paul, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety;
then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with
child; and they shall not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:3.
As It Was In Noah's Day, December 1 —
Many are perplexed by the things
happening everywhere. They are overwhelmed by the current state of
debauchery that seems to have swept society. They wonder what is going
to happen next. Pastor Ephraim reminds us of the words of Christ, "And
as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the
Son of man." Luke 17:26.
God's Amazing Grace:
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