CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

February 4, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter V

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  V

Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter U  to read the previous post on the letter U.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER V

      Vow and pay to the Lord your God: let all that be round him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. (Psalm 76:11)

      The God of Victory and JudgmentTo the chief Musician on Neg´inoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph. 7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? 8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, 9 when God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. 11 Vow, and pay unto the [Lord] your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. 12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth. (KJV)

     As I read these scriptures, I am reminded of a famous (more…)

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December 3, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter M

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  M

Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter L  to read the previous post on the letter L.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER M

     Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

     Too often we compartmentalize life. We care for the physical. We care for the mental. We care for the emotional. We care for the spiritual.

     Jesus was tempted by the devil three times. In this first temptation the scriptures tell us (Matthew 4:1-4):

1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward ahungered. 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

     The changing stone to bread is symbolic—symbolic of evil temptations put before us by the devil. We “hunger” for some quick fix to a nagging problem.

     Jesus hadn’t eaten in forty days. Assuredly he was hungry. The devil was counting on this hunger to draw him away from continuing to trust God.

     We often are tempted to do unnatural things to relieve temporary problems. Yet the answer is in (more…)

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