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MOURN by Lee Gossett

MOURN by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted (NKJV). The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you” (MSG).

Beloved friends, when you’ve experienced deep pain at this level, God is the ONLY source of comfort. I believe God’s heart grieves for those in sin who refuse to repent or attempt to justify it. I’ve cried so many tears in my life over sin – the guilt and shame over things I’ve done that can never be erased from MY mind. In God’s eyes, I am no longer condemned, but justified and forgiven for ALL. It’s only by God’s grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit that I can be humble and comforted in these moments.

PROVERBS 28:13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy (NLT).

Here are a few examples of God’s mercy:  Truth that I’ve shared that has deeply wounded people I love. Deep hurts I’ve carried for many years that I can’t trust anyone with but God, Heartache over lost things that most people have never experienced – maybe today, there are some of you mourning in similar or different ways. One early morning, I was in the floor in the midst of an “ugly cry.” There was no way any one person could comfort me in this moment of “mourning,” BUT GOD. And, He did.

2 CORINTHIANS 7:10 For Godly grief, produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death (ESV).

Dear friends, the Holy Spirit lovingly caught me in that one moment and held me in a way that I’d never experienced before. He told me how much HE loved me. He also told me that what was happening was something only “I” could go through, but that through the pain, He would be glorified.

2 CORINTHIANS 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (NLT). And, in the midst of this season, I knew my relationship with God would grow deeper and more intimate. That’s exactly what’s happened in my life. Since that morning, I recommitted my life to Christ, and I will serve Him regardless of the cost because of the “price” He paid for ME. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ (NLT).

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on August 25, 2017, in Lee Gossett.

ETERNITY by Lee Gossett

ETERNITY by Lee Gossett

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Many people don’t believe in eternity and that life will end when we take our last breath.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord (NIV).

That is, life as we know it here on earth. Regardless of what people believe or don’t believe, the only thing that matters is what Jesus says about it.

JOHN 14:3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am (NLT).

He wants all of us to have eternal life with Him. Therefore, Jesus is about the eternal business of His Father. Our time is limited, and not one of us knows the day or when He will come. It’s not God’s will that anyone of us should depart this life for eternity.

2 PETER 3:9 The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost (CEV).

Most people will live their lives without thinking about the eternal consequences focusing on their own needs and desires.  Dear friends, if you don’t believe in God, you will spend eternity separated from Him in a place called Hell. It’s something you can’t even begin to imagine – none of us can. As we enter the Easter season, I pray your eyes will be opened to see things as you’ve never seen them before as God reveals the sacrificial love of His only Son, Jesus Christ.

JOHN 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believe in him will not perish but have eternal life (NLT). AMEN.

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on October 20, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

BEATITUDES by Lee Gossett

BEATITUDES by Lee Gossett

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Today, in my devotions, I found myself in The Beatitudes (MATTHEW 5) which Jesus shared from the Sermon on the Mount. I researched multiple definitions for the word “beatitudes,” but the one I love is this one:  “supremely blessed.” Isn’t it beautiful? Dear friends, if you are a believer in Christ and follow Him with your whole heart you are truly “supremely blessed!” In some aspect, this tells us how righteous we need to be to enter God’s kingdom or what our character should look like to others. But, we also must search “the rest of the story” to find out the answers.

GALATIANS 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (NASB).

In the next few days, I’d like to share each of these with you. For those of you who know Christ as your Lord and Savior, we are so blessed beyond anything we could ever imagine in this world. It’s important to note that those who share these qualities are definitely those of us who love God and cherish His Word – believing on His Word alone. I think it’s a beautiful image of who we are in Christ and what awaits us in Heaven.

JOHN 20:29 Jesus said, “So you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing” (MSG).

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on June 24, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

Mourn by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted (NKJV). The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you” (MSG).

Beloved friends, when you’ve experienced deep pain at this level, God is the ONLY source of comfort. I believe God’s heart grieves for those in sin who refuse to repent or attempt to justify it. I’ve cried so many tears in my life over sin – the guilt and shame over things I’ve done that can never be erased from MY mind. In God’s eyes, I am no longer condemned, but justified and forgiven for ALL. It’s only by God’s grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit that I can be humble and comforted in these moments.

PROVERBS 28:13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy (NLT).

Here are a few examples of God’s mercy:  Truth that I’ve shared that has deeply wounded people I love. Deep hurts I’ve carried for many years that I can’t trust anyone with but God, Heartache over lost things that most people have never experienced – maybe today, there are some of you mourning in similar or different ways. One early morning, I was in the floor in the midst of an “ugly cry.” There was no way any one person could comfort me in this moment of “mourning,” BUT GOD. And, He did.

2 CORINTHIANS 7:10 For Godly grief, produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death (ESV).

Dear friends, the Holy Spirit lovingly caught me in that one moment and held me in a way that I’d never experienced before. He told me how much HE loved me. He also told me that what was happening was something only “I” could go through, but that through the pain, He would be glorified.

2 CORINTHIANS 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (NLT). And, in the midst of this season, I knew my relationship with God would grow deeper and more intimate. That’s exactly what’s happened in my life. Since that morning, I recommitted my life to Christ, and I will serve Him regardless of the cost because of the “price” He paid for ME. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ (NLT).

 

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on June 10, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

MEEK by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:5 God blesses those who are meek, For they shall inherit the earth (NKJV). The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourself, yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought” (MSG).

In some translations, you will find “meek” as meaning mildness, gentleness of spirit or simply being humble. Meekness is a wonderful example of humility in how Jesus must have been seen through the eyes of those He touched while on the earth. In our time, meekness is having humility towards God and gentleness towards others. The Apostle Paul affirms this characteristic

when he tells us how we should continue live our lives.

EPHESIANS 4:1-2 I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, and with patience, bearing with one another in love (NET Bible).

For those who believe in Christ, we are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with humility and gentleness.

1 PETER 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (NIV).

When I was a teenager, I remember a “sidewalk pastor” who “preached” outside of the pharmacy where I worked. He always scared me because he was constantly yelling words from the Bible. It made a huge impression on me, and hearing him, made me think that God must have been a very powerful, angry man. Oh dear friends, that is far from truth! God was born into this world in a manger, humbled himself to mankind even unto death, and was crucified on an old rugged cross for you and me – Jesus Christ is the greatest known example of true humility then, now, and forevermore.

PHILIPPIANS 2:6-8 When the time came, he set aside privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death and the worst kind of death at that – a crucifixion (MSG).

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on June 1, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

HUNGER by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled (NKJV). The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat” (MSG).

Without food or water, we could not survive. Personally, I believe these needs are the deep desires within each of our hearts as Christians. Therefore, the spiritual “food and drink” essential to our lives is our righteousness in Christ. Nothing else can satisfy this longing or thirst within our spirits. Jentezen Franklin wrote an incredible book entitled “The Fasting Edge.”  In his book, he shares that we are called to make a choice – anything not lining up with the Word of God has to go.  We’re reminded that Jesus prayed and fasted so why shouldn’t we? Fasting prepares us for what we’ve yet to face building confidence and endurance for the trials and battles to come.

MATTHEW 4:4 Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy:  “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth” (MSG).

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on May 26, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

Mercy by Lee Gossett

MERCY by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they will be shown mercy (NKJV).  The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for” (MSG).

 (Shouting moment … PRAISE GOD FOR MERCY)!

When you are blessed, it means you are willing to show mercy to others (especially) when they don’t deserve it. You forgive and give it to God. We didn’t deserve mercy as sinners, but God in His love for us, gives us new mercy each and every moment of the day. We all have acted and reacted out of our own ignorance; but our wonderful Father God is quick to forgive if we repent and ask His forgiveness for wrongdoing – no matter what we did, who we did it to or haven’t done.

1 TIMOTHY 1:13  … even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief (NLT).

I’m thankful and so very grateful for His mercy throughout my life. If I had only known the truth; I had no idea what I was doing and making the same mistakes. Dear friends, were it not for God’s mercy, I couldn’t do what I do every day by sharing the gospel with each of you on Facebook (of all places). God enables me to do what I do every day through HIS strength. So, thanking and praising God today for not only His grace, but an abundance of mercy. As Christians, we may not always agree with the choices of others, but AS CHRISTIANS, we can be merciful and always loving towards others regardless of how they choose to live their lives. Remember, we are ALL sinners saved by God’s grace and unconditional love. It is a FREE gift to all.

TITUS 3:5 He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and a new life through the Holy Spirit (NLT).

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on May 18, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

Faith Devotions by Lee Gossett

PURE by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God (NKJV).  The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when you get inside your world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world (MSG).

Clean. Blameless. Unstained from guilt. Well, I guess these descriptive words alone exclude the majority of us, don’t they?  Dear friends, there is only one way we can live our lives “pure in heart” and that is through Jesus Christ knowing that every day He is refining us through the fire. Our desire to be transparent before God and obedient to His call regardless of the cost or what we lose in the process is our purpose in living. Unless we are willing to lose our life, we can never fulfill the destiny and plan He has for each of us. And, know this next statement as truth. There will come a time where you have to “stand” for who and what you believe in which is the exact opposite of what the world tells you is truth.

JAMES 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (KJV).

Truly, God wants to purify our lives and the things that keep us from doing all He’s called us to do. I believe we are in a season of God’s refinement which is always difficult and uncomfortable. So, what’s holding you back from going all the way with God?

1 JOHN 3:1-3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure (NIV). 

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on April 27, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

PEACEMAKERS by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God (NKJV). The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. Jesus is known as the Prince of Peace. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family (MSG).

For so many years, it was extremely difficult to find a place of peace in our lives because of constant turmoil over many things. But, as I’ve learned through the years, you can’t help someone find peace in their life until you experience it for yourself. There’s a peace in my spirit that I know comes from God and not man. God gives me His peace every day because of what His life means to me as a Christian and as His child. No one can ever take that away from me. The times where I haven’t experienced peace is because I didn’t follow His plan for my life. Peace doesn’t mean we have an easy life, but that God’s peace surpasses anything we can imagine in this world.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (NLT).

Dear friends, you will never know true inner peace apart from God.

JOHN 14:27 I’m leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (NLT).

© Lee Gossett 2015

 

This entry was posted on April 14, 2016, in Lee Gossett.

PERSECUTED by Lee Gossett

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MATTHEW 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven (NKJV).

The Message translation reads, “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom” (MSG).

Have you ever felt persecuted by others for what you believed? For those of us living a godly life today, there will be persecution throughout our lives. It is clearly confirmed as truth in the Bible.

2 TIMOTHY 3:12 Don’t be naïve. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people (MSG).

Just think for a moment about the tension in our world over false “truth” versus what God’s Word tells us. Who are you going to believe? If it hasn’t happened to you yet, as a believer, you will be treated harshly for what you hold most dear in your life and that is the irrefutable and absolute truth of God. It is a true statement to say that in order for “true” righteousness to exist, there has to be a relationship with Jesus Christ because without God, we can do nothing.

JOHN 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing (NET Bible).

Dear friends, there is no way to be devoted to God and to the fallen world. They’re not meant to exist together in our hearts and minds. It’s impossible to serve both God and the world. In this truth, I believe, is at the heart of most all persecution. We are either transformed by the renewal of our minds throughout our lives or we’re not.

My prayer for each of you today is that you would live your life to be a true expression of what you believe which should convict the heart of each and every one of us today. So, whatever you’re going through right now know that in the midst of your suffering, your faith is being tested and what you endure of earth will be glorified, eternally, in Heaven.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:17-18 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever (NLT). AMEN

© Lee Gossett 2015

This entry was posted on April 12, 2016, in Lee Gossett.